Academic journal article Journal of Religion and Film

Song One

Academic journal article Journal of Religion and Film

Song One

Article excerpt

Song One is a story of family, of tragedy, of inspiration and of redemption. Franny (Anne Hathaway) has distanced herself from her family; her brother had decided to undertake an unorthodox career and she did not approve of this path. Rather than pursuing a college education like herself-Franny is working on her PhD in Anthropology and doing fieldwork in Morocco-her brother Henry desires to be a musician. When a devastating car accident leaves Henry in a coma, Franny comes home to New York and delves into her brother's life - to better understand what he loves, what inspires him, and what makes him tick. Franny meets her brother's musical inspiration, James Forester; James is suffering himself, from the inability to write new music. Through a journey through the New York music scene, together they learn to lean on each other and see the world in new ways. Franny sees the passion, drive and emotion to be found in music. James finds a new melody in his head while trying to help Henry heal in a hospital room. Henry awakens from his coma at the moment that both Franny and James awaken to see the world in a better way - their connection allows them to grow and heal in ways that make them more complete.

Like many Hollywood films, this one is filled with a lot of superficial drama and happy endings. Yet it also shows us how people can be inspired by tragedy, and how redemption can be found when one learns to see others the way they truly are, and not the way we expect them to be. Franny learns to love her brother's passion of music, and asks for his forgiveness. …

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