Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Grace in Sticky Situations

For some reason, I was thinking today about recent films that have the word Grace in them, and what these films say about grace.

Interestingly enough, but these films deal with drugs, but beyond that the basic premises are different.

Maria Full of Grace deals with a young Columbian girl (Catalina Sandino Moreno), pregnent with child, while Saving Grace deals with an older British woman (Brenda Blethyn) dealing with the death of her husband.

But both these women, in hard situations turn to drug trafficking (in very different ways) and Saving Grace is far more comical than Maria Full of Grace. Yet, in both situations Moreno and Blethyn both are potrayed as sympathetic heroes. You root them on, because you know their illegal acts are out of personal desportation and in turn you find symphathy on the characters. You view their struggles, downfalls, and poor decisions with grace. They are in a hopeless state.

When grace is defined with words like mercy, clemency, and pardon...grace becomes the perfect word for how as an audience you view these two women, who's illegal acts and unfortunate situations create a desire to forgive and pardon their acts, and even hope that good things will come from their illegal deeds.

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Jim Jannotti said...

Since you seem to be digging into the idea of grace, perhaps you should go deeper, beyond "mercy, clemency, and pardon." Those are just the foothills of grace. Go further up and in.

Terence Towles Canote said...

Just for the sake of completionism, here is the definition of grace from the American Heritage Dictionary. ;-)

1. Seemingly effortless beauty or charm of movement, form, or proportion. 2. A characteristic or quality pleasing for its charm or refinement. 3. A sense of fitness or propriety. 4a. A disposition to be generous or helpful; goodwill. b. Mercy; clemency. 5. A favor rendered by one who need not do so; indulgence. 6. A temporary immunity or exemption; a reprieve. 7. Graces Greek & Roman Mythology Three sister goddesses, known in Greek mythology as Aglaia, Euphrosyne, and Thalia, who dispense charm and beauty. 8a. Divine love and protection bestowed freely on people. b. The state of being protected or sanctified by the favor of God. c. An excellence or power granted by God. 9. A short prayer of blessing or thanksgiving said before or after a meal. 10. Grace Used with His, Her, or Your as a title and form of address for a duke, duchess, or archbishop. 11. Music An appoggiatura, trill, or other musical ornanment in the music of 16th and 17th century England.

Southern (in)Sanity said...

Sounds to me like mercurie's #6 is more appropriate with regard to describing the word in these movies.