Life of Pi Quotes by Yann Martel
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God and Life of Pi
Life of Pi is a strangely affecting film that employs an adventure story and 3D photography to pose a simple question: Does God exist? This may not sound like a promising premise for a popular movie, but in the hands of director Ang Lee, it succeeds beyond all expectations. As a boy growing up in southern India, Pi Patel is drawn to religions of every variety. He thanks Vishu, the Hindu god of creation, for bringing him to Christ, and he worships Allah on a mat in his family home. At the age of sixteen, Pi's faith is tested by a set of circumstances that leave him drifting at sea in a lifeboat in the company of a fully-grown Bengal tiger. Their mutual struggle to survive forms the dramatic heart of the narrative. While Pi never loses his faith in God, his relationship with the tiger eventually becomes more meaningful to him.
Kind of like trying to adapt that story to film, as screenwriter David Magee and director Ang Lee did brilliantly in Life of Pi , which opens nationwide today. The tiger, which in a bit of levity to the story is named Richard Parker, keeps Pi alert and sane while he struggles to survive. One of the more interesting pieces in the book, which translates beautifully onscreen, is the overarching view of God across religious traditions and aspects of faith. Hindus, in their capacity for love, are indeed hairless Christians, just as Muslims, in the way they see God in everything, are bearded Hindus, and Christians, in their devotion to God, are hat wearing Muslims. Pi dabbles in each, and sees truth in all. The film opens everywhere today. Grab your family and watch it this Thanksgiving weekend.