We watched a movie called "Wit" during GP lesson on Friday. It was almost life-changing. There was hardly a dry eye left when it ended. Based on Margaret Edson's play, Emma Thompson stars as Vivian Bearing in this intense and powerful vehicle through which the issues of life and death are thoroughly examined by the protagonist, especially in the monologues. You must watch it. It's the best movie I've ever seen. This is no flippant advertising. To find out more, read the review.One would tend to think that movies about the meaning of life would be overt, didactic, one cliché after another, convoluted, contrived. But this masterful piece of art manages to sensibly express the most subtle nuggets of truth in all honesty and realness, without sounding overly idealistic (it's in fact the opposite) or moralising. It's bursting with meaning, if you would view the issues presented from the intended point of view, as well as another- your own.There are some movies that provide you with a good time, a good laugh, good suspense, thrillers and action; pure entertainment. But "Wit" draws you into the story (which is so grippingly real that it's frightening) and makes you think, challenges your notions of what life's all about. Never has a movie provoked so much thought and evoked such strong emotions- empathy and shared pain- with its sharp articulation of life's (and death's) nuances. It's real; it's relevant, and yet this is an understatement in itself, if you fully grasp the essence and gravity of its message.
"It reads: "And death shall be no more," -comma-"Death thou shalt die."Nothing but a breath, a comma separates life from life everlasting.Very simple, really. With the original punctuation restored, death is no longer something to act out on a stage with exclamation marks.It is a comma- a pause.Life, death. Soul, God. Past, present.Not insuperable barriers.Not semicolons.Just a comma."
-Professor Evelyn Ashford in "Wit"