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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.
Although Vianne encourages the abused Josephine to take make changes to escape the cycle of violence, she later feels powerless to alter her own destiny. Why is it harder to identify what things in our life really are within our control than it is to see it in others? What personal qualities are required to achieve change? How did the characters in this film support each other during these pivotal moments?
This film paints all its religious characters as self-righteous and intolerant, and all the “sinners” as humble accepting folk. Is this an accurate portrayal of either group?
Vianne suffers some moments of despair throughout the film. Are they all the result of rejection or are some of them the natural consequences of her choices?