Beyond Borders

Beyond Borders

DVD - 2004
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A pampered socialite abandons her sheltered life in England to work with a charismatic, renegade doctor to aid impoverished children in refugee camps.
Publisher: Hollywood, CA : Paramount, [2004], c2003
Edition: Full screen
Branch Call Number: FIC Beyon
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (126 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. --
Audience: MPAA rating: R (for language and war-related violence)
CHV rating: 14A


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Dec 23, 2009

Better than I was expecting. It is a good story and the movie flows very well.

Sep 12, 2008

Must See - John 15:13 “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends.” It is what I kept thinking about as I watched this highly educational and heart-wrenching film about relief workers in areas suffering from starvation, disease, and civil war. The film with Angelina Jolie and Clive Owen begins in a reception hall filled with the wealthy enjoying plenty of food and drink. Jolie plays Sarah, a woman sheltered from the brutalities of extreme poverty who is introduced to a child carried in by the intruding Nick Callahan, a relief worker, whose funds for famine relief in a part of Africa have been suddenly severed. The child showed definite signs of starvation. Everyone in the room looked at the child with compassion but only one drew tears – Sarah. I wondered how many more felt that they needed to do something but chose to ignore the tragedy that was happening at this very minute. Sarah chose to do something about it and traveled to a refugee camp in Africa where she nurses another child who was about to die of starvation. This is a movie that demonstrates the hardships, sacrifice, love and compassion that the men and woman of the relief efforts volunteer for. The film is powerful and elicits strong emotional responses for the desire to help people that could use our help. There is one scene in particular that will sit in my consciousness for a long time – a one year old child sitting with tears of sadness rolling down his face as a crowd rushes in to stop and beat the soldiers from killing the relief workers.

Note to OPL – it’s a shame that this DVD was purchased in pan & scan instead of widescreen (2:35 to 1 aspect ratio). There are some scenes that begged a widescreen shot especially the child crying at the violence around him.

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