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Tales from the Madhouse
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Set inside the crumbling walls of a dilapidated Victorian sanatorium, eight mysterious characters reveal their secret stories to the visiting camera. The eight are linked by one unifying and crucial event in their lives: each of them has had an encounter with Jesus of Nazareth in some way an experience that has left an indelible mark.
Each character brushed with Jesus but most missed the moment. They touched the light then lingered in the shadows. They were offered freedom but made friends with their chains. Now they are haunted by the memory of what was and what might have been. Here is an acclaimed series that opens up the Scriptures, the story of Jesus, and Easter week in a fascinating way.
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Eight 14-minute episodes/color
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You can feel the dreariness of generations of opportunity lost.
But by-gummit they'll gobsmack ya not once, not twice but three times with a Karl Marx quote.
I wouldn't share these as bible stories to the unread.
Also they need to loosen the rein on that horse.
As the title would suggest, these stories fall into the creepy, if not macabe, worlds each of the charactors have created for themselves. These are not tales of inspiration, but lessons of tragic failure and missed opportunities for salvation. Pain, loneliness, shame, despair, bitterness, selfishness - all of the dark corners of the human experience are revealed in the rooms of the madhouse......rooms for which Christ is only a memory and no longer welcome.
The purpose of this collection is not to raise the fear of damnation. Instead, it is a contempative exercise most suited for those who have already chosen the faith, yet humbly acknowledge their own shortcomings. There is insight to be gained from every hell presented here. Believe me. A single viewing of each episode will not be enough. Repeated viewing will inspire new discoveries each time.
Highly entertaining and provocative!
All talk about hiding, pretending, trying to find themselves, trying to meet women like them. Some married men as expected, led double lives, or had other ways of coping, like pills, loneliness and depression. All those interviewed lead happy, loving, open lives today.
In Swedish with English subtitles and very interesting to watch no matter how old you are or where you come from.