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January 16, 2010
January 2, 2013 2:28 AM
Inspiring and thought provoking
Every time I watch this movie, even this short clip, I start to cry. I feel that this movie teaches us about our role in the world. Each one of us is our own world and every thing that happens to us and every person we meet is only there because it needs to be there for US, for our benefit. The main difference between us and Truman is that everyone else in our world is also in their own world as well.
November 13, 2012 4:18 PM
January 19, 2010 5:43 PM
NO FREE WILL-U-R-A-puppet
Looks like there is free will to the ego,but all our responses are learned and conditioned. Only the ego needs to believe it has free will. God runs the whole show so show up, walk yourself thru the paces and fulfill your destiny still doing the best you can to be the best you can be. There is a GOD and he is with you every moment you are alive and afterwards too.... so that one day , in the human form only, you can figure out how to return to your true spiritual home merging into that ultimate ocean of love....- that's why you are not fulfilled and often so empty. Keep up, we are all destined to makeit home. Free will is an illusion.
January 18, 2010 5:58 PM
Great Movie for everyone, frum or not! Every jew plays the same role as Truman! We are all the main actor in our own movie, Ais and our job is to play the best role possible. G-d watches ove-r us every second, and we have the choice to come close to Gd or go farther. Hopefully we come closer.
Thanksh.. we love you!!
January 18, 2010 8:12 AM
we just have to get over our fear
i think that this teaches us that we literally do have the whole world before us to learn about and discover. We are on a stage and Hashem is the most important one watching. We just have to get over our fears. It really means getting out of our comfort zones when it comes to doing something truly brave and courageous and inspiring to others.
January 23, 2013 1:20 PM
It's a lot like The Matrix
I love the moment when Truman crashes in to the edge of the set. That's when he realises there's a greater reality on the other side. Like in The Matrix when Keanu Reeves' character discovers the illusion of the matrix, both characters peel away the veneer to peek at what lies beyond.
Rav Noach Weinberg z'l used to say that insanity means being out of touch with Reality - the Real reality, Hashem's Reality. Most of the time we are insane - completely bought in to the illusion of this world.
In both films the characters have that experience where the scales fall from their eyes. Truth is revealed, or at least they catch a glimpse. It is a powerful, terrifying feeling, one they can't turn their backs on. It's more than curiosity; it's a matter of integrity.
I try to stay in touch with this feeling myself. At least to remind myself - there is a Reality which is realer than this. That is the route to true sanity - b'ezras Hashem.
January 17, 2010 4:50 PM
the message is personal and individual-Az basi bemegilas sefer Kasuv Alai
THis was a powerful movie, that my kids basically forced me to watch, as I really do not stop to watch movies anymore for years. In our post-discussion I found that we each got something personal and different out of it that was real for each of us. THe Jewlatious question is apparent and running through the course of the movie theme. How much choice is there if our Creator also creates the movie set and the rest are all players around us and we are stuck and we don't even know it, etc??? BUt in your clip, which spliced scenes from various stages of Truman's self-discovery and attempts at freeing himself, the thought of a medrash came to me. THis referred to examples of a few personalities from the Torah, but for example, Reuven the son of Yaakov who ultimately freed Yosef from the pit said that, had he known at the time that his story was going to be transcribed for posterity in the Torah , he would have lifted Yosef out and paraded him home upon his shoulders, in high style, with a marching band (so-to-speak) and great honor. G-d knows what we are going to choose because he transcendes time and yet he allows us to make our choices and he allows the consequences of these choices to result, whether heroic or tragic, and therefore it is our task to act and choose so carefully, being cognizant of our true Creator's faith in US!!!
April 14, 2011 4:04 AM
the lesson from this movie is so powerful.
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