Films to Talk About: “The Five People You Meet in Heaven”

This month, our Films to Talk About is: “The Five People You Meet in Heaven”. Join us for the film followed by discussion and refreshments.
2004, 133 minutes
NR - Made for TV
Director: Lloyd Kramer
Writers: Mitch Albom (teleplay and book)
Stars: Jon Voight, Ellen Burstyn, Jeff Daniels
Awards: 1 Primetime Emmy, another 6 nominations
Losing someone who means a great deal to you usually brings about a search for answers. For some, that means strengthening their faith, while for others it might have the opposite effect. This is especially true when the person in question is on the younger side and it feels like their life is not yet complete; like they didn’t have enough time to start living. Sometimes those who remain alive question why they died when so many other people who seem worthless compared to them go on…In a sense The Five People You Meet in Heaven answers many of those questions, or at least gives us one answer to those questions…The Five People You Meet in Heaven is uplifting while at the same time being a sobering reminder that sometimes we unwittingly affect other people’s lives in a negative manner even though we don’t mean to. It’s a part of life that we can’t beat ourselves up on, something many of us are guilty of regularly…There are many lessons to be learned from The Five People You Meet in Heaven even if you aren’t religious and believe in an afterlife. It serves as a reminder of how we affect others on the planet, while at the same time giving us hope that the people who mean something to us will be waiting for us when our time here is over.
—Patti Aliventi on Epinions
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