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This is Martin Bonner

No film I have ever seen explores the enigma of faith in postmodernity with more insight than Chad Hartigan’s quietly miraculous character study about a white-haired volunteer coordinator (Paul Eenhoorn) for a church-based prisoner assistance program and an ex-con trying to find his way (Richmond Arquette). Both men seek to rebuild on the rubble of what they have made of their lives — in Martin’s case when he “woke up selfish” one morning, not wanting to sacrifice for God any more. Yet some kind of grace in Martin awakens in Travis a wish to be a better person, and in this may be a seed of Martin’s own redemption.

—Steven D. Greydanus (2017)

No film I have ever seen explores the enigma of faith in postmodernity with more insight than Chad Hartigan’s quietly miraculous character study about a white-haired volunteer coordinator (Paul Eenhoorn) for a church-based prisoner assistance program and an ex-con trying to find his way (Richmond Arquette). Both men seek to rebuild on the rubble of what they have made of their lives — in Martin’s case when he “woke up selfish” one morning, not wanting to sacrifice for God any more. Yet some kind of grace in Martin awakens in Travis a wish to be a better person, and in this may be a seed of Martin’s own redemption.

—Steven D. Greydanus (2017)

No film I have ever seen explores the enigma of faith in postmodernity with more insight than Chad Hartigan’s quietly miraculous character study about a white-haired volunteer coordinator (Paul Eenhoorn) for a church-based prisoner assistance program and an ex-con trying to find his way (Richmond Arquette). Both men seek to rebuild on the rubble of what they have made of their lives — in Martin’s case when he “woke up selfish” one morning, not wanting to sacrifice for God any more. Yet some kind of grace in Martin awakens in Travis a wish to be a better person, and in this may be a seed of Martin’s own redemption.

—Steven D. Greydanus (2017)


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