Trust Fund

The following is a review of product from Mapelle Films with the TOS Homeschool Review Crew. 

For this review, we received the DVD Trust Fund: Know Who To Trust and the book Love Came Near by Mapelle Films. I prefer movies and books that have happy endings. What have you done that you think is unforgivable? This movie shares a modern retelling of Jesus' parable of The Prodigal Son (found in Luke 15) showing that a Father's love is both giving and forgiving. They also designed this study guide which you can download for free. This movie had a limited release in AMC theatres last year and is just now coming out on DVDs distributed through Amazon. 

Isaac Alongi is the Cinematographer and producer of this film. He was homeschooled in the 1980s and has won two Emmys for his work on a series of historical films. His wife Sandra Martin is the author and producer of the book inspired by the movie. She shared that she felt prompted by the Holy Spirit to write it and hopes that it will shine light on some important issues we need to be talking to our daughters about. 

The movie opens with nostalgic scenes of two sisters to the tune of "I will always love you first." Sadly, that tune doesn't stay true though, and loving changes between the sisters. I like the music throughout the movie. I did miss the option of subtitles. 

Trips to Italy, train rides with private cars, and multi-million dollar transactions are beyond my budget. Overall, to me, this movie's story is not believable. But then, neither is the amazing love and complete forgiveness displayed by the Father as Jesus tells the parable of The Prodigal Son. And God's love, so amazing, is unbelievable by human standards. "Beyond Belief" but I do believe the Bible. 

In the retelling as in the original parable, the main character is not a hero. The father is the one with amazing forgiving love. 

Sometimes helping someone helps us forgive, and that is part of the restoration process between the sisters. The book provides scenarios and asks "what do you think." Writing can at times be a way to share things easier than talking. My daughters and I read through this book and the second time we watched the movie they noticed the book Reese wrote-- this book: 

Reese writes a book in the movie, and after the movie was released Sandra Martin wrote an interactive diary inspired by the movie, as if it is the book written by Reese. Love Was Near is recommended for 12 and older. It is filled wth introspective questions. At the end of the book, she echoes her words from the movie "I learned what love was from my father."

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