The Father’s Love didn’t make headlines like, The War Room, but its powerful message and fearless filming should have graced the box office anyway. It’s a movie relevant to our times–a fatherless young woman with a successful career in New York goes on a journey of heart break and forgiveness.
The movie teases you by beginning in the middle of the story on Christmas Eve when Reece, Sarah’s boyfriend, lets her down again. The filmmaker brings you back to the beginning, and we learn that Sarah grew up in Malaysia. Her mother divorced her father. An angry Sarah took all his letters and stowed them away; never reading them and never forgiving him for leaving them. The movie isn’t clear on why Sarah’s mom and dad divorced. The film shows us how Sarah tears up the picture she drew of her family, and later as she ages, tapes it back together again. Fast forward to Sarah in New York, now an adult and a well-known photographer.
Sarah isn’t a believer. She runs with a party crowd and dates many men, sometimes two in the same day. She lives like many live in our time–reckless, fearless, and without any idea of the damage sin causes. As I watched this movie, I resonated with nearly every clip. It’s very real, because some of that illustrated the choices I made and the feelings I felt as a young adult.
According to Sharon Kon, the co-producer, it’s inspired from a true story, presumably her own since she was raised in Malaysia. In an interview from Graceful Chic, she said:
“It’s partly inspired by my own story. There was a season in my life where I faced a time of trials, insecurity and heartbreak. I think this film will speak to many who may be going through or have gone through similar struggles. I feel like there is a need for people to know what they are truly worth; that we are fearfully and wonderfully made, that there is a heavenly Father that loves them. To truly know that and to know who they are and to be free to be who they were created to be. Self-esteem is a huge issue among women. I think this is some of the issues that we address and it’s so important.”
The most powerful scene and line in the story was the bedroom scene. Sarah, wrapped in the sheets, looked haggard. The camera pans to show Reece getting dressed. Later, it showed how Sarah struggled with her choice to sleep with him. In this scene, she seeks to be “clean again.” Before this scene, she had accepted Christ as her Savior, but was not strong enough in her faith to withstand the temptation of the man she loved. The shot is tastefully done so that the scenes illustrating Sarah’s bad choices are safe enough for ages 15 and above.
The Father’s Love is a journey of forgiveness and heartbreak. Clearly, Sarah was impacted by her parent’s divorce and the absence of her earthly father. It affected every choice she made in life. It wasn’t until Sarah discovered our Heavenly Father that she understood what love really meant, what love does for others, and that our Heavenly Father doesn’t love like our earthly fathers. His love is perfect. I gave it five armchairs, adding to this that it’s a perfect movie for a group of young adults who struggle with these emotions and issues.
The Father’s Love has been temporarily donated to the Media Center until February 15. Please enjoy the preview and come to the library to check it out. Feel free to also check out the dozens of other movies and video Bible studies the Media Center offers!