If you do not get to read a book for Lent how about watching a  film?  Below are three film choices to watch, of different styles, some have obvious religious themes .  Why not invite someone to watch a film with you? Then have a conversation with yourself, God and other people in your family, friends or church.

Chariots of Fire

Dir: Hugh Hudson (1981)

A historical drama film which tells the fact-based story of two athletes in the 1924 Olympics: Eric Liddell, a devout Scottish Christian who runs for the glory of God, & Harold Abrahams, an English Jew who runs to overcome prejudice. Alongside the music from Vangelis, the title is also musically inspired by the line from the poem/hymn Jerusalem. A quote from Eric Liddell, “I believe that God made me for a purpose. But He also made me fast, and when I run, I feel His pleasure.”


Dir: Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee (2013)

Based loosely on a Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale, Frozen tells the story of a fearless princess who sets off on a journey alongside a rugged iceman, his loyal pet reindeer, and a naïve snowman to find her estranged sister, whose icy powers have  inadvertently trapped the kingdom in eternal winter. Somewhat  ‘un-disney’ the story twists and turns with some wonderful song. Just let it go….!

City of Angels

Dir: Brad Silberling (1998)

This film concerns angels, love, free will and commitment.  The film stars Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan and is set in Los Angeles (did you see what they did there?) A beautiful love story full of music and angst.