Letters to Father Jacob

SBS is currently running a series of films on faith and the other night I happened to notice that this one was scheduled. It was one of those rare and simple films that communicates one thing well.

The story involves a newly pardoned murderer called Leila agreeing to work as an assistant to a blind pastor. Father Jacob spends his days answering the letters of the needy, which Leila finds pointless. Leila’s job is to read the letters to him – a job she does grudgingly. When the letters stop, the pastor is devastated and Leila finds herself wanting to help him, but in the process helping herself as she unfolds her own story to him.

While the storyline was a little predictable there were moments of beauty. Watching the joy the old priest derived from his work was one of those moments. Seeing Leila’s release from bondage another. A simple story, but just a reminder of the brokenness of our world and our common need for healing.

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