this film, an oscar winner, was shot in 30 minutes

though it may not be voiced in your language

 all people will understand it

 at under 4 minutes, it is very short

but will stay with you for a very long time.


Sorry means you feel the pulse of other people’s pain as well as your own, and saying it means you take a share of it. And so it binds us together, makes us trodden and sodden as one another. Sorry is a lot of things. It’s a hole refilled. A debt repaid. Sorry is the wake of misdeed. It’s the crippling ripple of consequence. Sorry is sadness, just as knowing is sadness. Sorry is sometimes self-pity. But Sorry, really, is not about you. It’s theirs to take or leave.

Sorry means you leave yourself open, to embrace or to ridicule or to revenge. Sorry is a question that begs forgiveness, because the metronome of a good heart won’t settle until things are set right and true. Sorry doesn’t take things back, but it pushes things forward. It bridges the gap. Sorry is a sacrament. It’s an offering. A gift.” ― Craig Silvey, Jasper Jones


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  1. I was in angst, feeling the pain and humiliation of each smack to the hand. But, with a sigh of relief, the end showed me that understanding had broken through, and forgiveness was sought. This is such a poignant and powerful short story that I’m going to reblog it on my own blog in the hopes that more will have access to it and its meaning. Thank you for tugging my heart awake so early this morning!

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  2. Your heart touching post is a gift! Understanding the language is not necessary to comprehend the content; the boy’s face throughout and the teacher’s face and actions towards the end speak volumes without words being needed. It also brings to mind some words spoken to me decades ago by my Father : “Everyone has a story, many remain untold.” Thank-you!

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  3. I’m equally heartbroken but also thankful for you sharing this strong message. I’ve learned early in my life that we mustn’t ever judge someone before we haven’t walked in their shoes …. this short is such a great message of ill-judgment and then understanding! That the teacher kissed the boy’s hand made me howl.

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