This week I had the privilege of seeing the movie, Sarah's Choice, in its world premier location. I came into the theater very skeptical about how good it would be, but I was pleasantly surprised by how amazing it was!
It is the story of a young professional woman, Sarah, struggling to make ends meet while looking forward to a promotion. Her boyfriend, Matt is not so driven. In addition to being immature and not motivated to try to keep the job his uncle gave him, he often spends the night at Sarah's much to the dismay of her Christian mother. Her mom is very vocal about her displeasure about Sarah and Matt's relationship, but Sarah has long since abandoned God, because she believes he abandoned her.
After coming into work sick for a couple days, he coworker drags her to the bathroom and gives her a pregnancy test. When it comes out positive, they go to the clinic together. Even though Sarah does not care about following God anymore, she can't bear the idea of killing her child and doesn't believe that it is really a clump of cells like a wart, as the clinician tries to explain. On her way out, while she's seemingly alone on the elevator, a woman startles her and says, "don't do it." She explains that she will see three visions from God and gives her a Christmas card.
Okay, so here is where I really got a little irritated. I like realistic stories and the idea of having visions is slightly far fetched. Yet, Sarah has the same concerns later in the movie when she explains them to her mother's pastor and he said that it's still possible to have visions. And I do agree. But more on that later.
So, she wrestles with the idea and finally tells Matt that she's pregnant. He doesn't feel ready to marry Sarah or be a father and the two don't speak to each other for a while. During that time, Sarah does have visions, though, much to the dismay of her coworker. She sees visions of her daughter in different stages of her life. This is one of the great points of the movie: an aborted "fetus" is a child that otherwise would have had a life, filled with many experiences, some wonderful, some not so wonderful, but life nonetheless. And so begins her struggle: does she choose her career's future or her baby's future?
During Matt's struggle with what to do, he has a conversation with his uncle, that is possible the best scene of the movie. He asks his uncle if a marriage started because of an unplanned pregnancy could work out well, if people like that could truly love each other. His uncle tells him that all good marriages require work and that in order to get to the "great stuff" in marriage, you need to work through the "bad stuff."
In that scene where Sarah asks the pastor if she could trust the vision, he points out that if following the vision is something she knows is right and the other choice is wrong, it doesn't even matter that she had a vision. I love that concept.
One of the sweetest things in the movie is a scene with a bunch of girls releasing balloons with messages tied to them to float away. When Sarah asks what they're doing, the woman explains that it's a post-abortion healing activity. Girls write messages to their aborted babies, looking forward to seeing them in heaven, and it helps them move past the experience and receive God's forgiveness.
The film quality itself was awesome, unlike some of the Christian films that have been put out in past years. The acting was all very convincing. The costumes and sets were authentic and played along with the plot very well. It really wonderfully supports life and goes through some of the issues facing pregnant career women. Where the movie, Bella, asked the question, "what will she do with her baby if she keeps it?" this movie more asks, "what will she do with herself if she has a baby?" I think the movie goes through the idea very thoroughly and looks at all sides through characters that have made different choices. This is definitely a great tool for supporting life and adds some great ideas to the whole discussion.