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Friday, April 22, 2011

"The Bridge Master and His Son"



In this short film (edited from a longer DVD version), a tragic mistake forces a father to make a tough decision: Save the life of his son, or sacrifice it to save the lives of countless others. It's a heart-rending story, but also one that resonates with those of us in the Christian faith.

VIDEO UPDATE:
Originally titled, "Most", this film was retitled, "The Bridge" and released in 2003. It's a Czech film directed by Bobby Garabedian and written and produced by American actor William Zabka. The music score was created by John Debney (Passion of the Christ).

It was also the winner of a number of prestigious film awards including: Sundance Film Festival 2004, Academy Award (Best Short Film), Heartland Film Festival 2003 (Crystal Heart Award), and Palm Springs International 2003 (Best of Festival).

While this film is produced from a secular viewpoint, parallels are drawn with that of Christ's sacrifice on the cross. Another narrative in this film, that of the female drug-addict, is also present, however, it was not included in it's entirety within this particular video.

As follows is the synopsis for the full movie:

MOST, the Czech word for "The Bridge," is a fitting title for this 21st-century parable about a loving father, his young son, and the fateful day when they attempt to head off an impending rail disaster. Hundreds of passengers aboard an oncoming steam train are completely unaware of the danger that looms as they head toward an open drawbridge. As a desperate young woman witnesses an act of mercy beyond imagination, her life is changed forever—as are the lives of all who see this film. Both heart wrenching and glorious, MOST vividly portrays the greatest offering of love, sacrifice, hope, and forgiveness known to man.

The film's website can be found here: Most: The Movie.

-Jon

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