Part 3/6 of our Lenten Search for Spiritual Pathways and Growth through film – The Path of Forgiveness and Self-Acceptance. The film supporting this session is “Departures”.
This Japanese film, which was the 2009 Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film, is an exquisite cinematic masterpiece that touches the heart with its treatment of beauty, music, death and detachment from the very human need of being approved by others. It is the story of one’s journey into a deeper reality of life. But if we take this path we risk being rejected even by those who love us. Therefore we need to learn how to forgive and accept not only them, but also ourselves. It is a path of acceptance of unconditional love given to us by God.