This movie portrayed the need to forgive on a level different from any other movie I've seen. It is a tear-jerker and you will need a box of tissues near by. Although about a mass murder, there were no graphic scenes, only the story of a mother and her struggle to forgive. It was a movie that I felt comfortable sharing with my teen-age and pre-teen daughters. I am fairly conservative with what I allow my children to watch, so this says quite a bit for this movie.
As a born again christian, even I dont know if I could express such grace and forgiveness if it was my child that was killed.......what a wonderful testimony of forgiveness through suffering - truly many "lump in the throat" moments from a true story. I am sure the Lord has blessed abundantly those families involved in this real-life tragedy.
I would not want to be faced with the decision that these people had to make. Our natural inclination is to want revenge, justification. This film is a powerful story about a group of people who did what the Bible teaches - forgive. Especially heart-rending is the personal battle of the mother to forgive the senseless murder of her talented daughter and become a friend to the grief-stricken widow of the murderer. Keep a box of tissues handy - you'll need it. You'll never be the same - hopefully, you'll learn the blessing of forgiveness in your own life.
I loved the struggle that the Amish lady had with forgiving her child's perpetrator. It showed how forgiveness was perhaps not a s easy for Amish as the early tv reports showed. True forgiveness is still a supernatural grace.