|Messenger, Beth Hemmila (Hint Charms): sterling silver hummingbird and angel wing charm|
A couple weeks ago, I finally got around to watching Oren Moverman's 2009 film The Messenger. Featuring Ben Foster and Woody Harrelson as military officers assigned to the Army's Casualty Notification service, this movie explores the impact that the Iraqi war has on lives here at home.
It's a movie I categorize as a slow burn...difficult to watch at times for it challenges your ability to pay attention during uncomfortable moments, yet the story seeps into your psyche weeks after viewing it. I'm still thinking about The Messenger, and I guess it caught me off guard because I rarely respond to war movies in this way.
I suppose it is the deeper message, hanging out there unspoken that haunts me. How does one take responsibility and carry one's actions through life with dignity and how do we inspire others do the same?
The Messenger is one of those movies that would be on my top ten list for empathy training, so if you've managed to miss it, I hope you'll soon discover it.