The Heart of Man
- MPAA Rating:
- 74 mins
- Justin Torrence, Robert Fleet
- Eric Esau
- Jens Jacob, Jason Pamer
Content at a Glance
Lead characters that exhibit disrespect for authority, lying, cheating, stealing, illegal activity, witchcraft or sorcery×
subject matter revolving around sexual sin and choices; discussions about pornography; man views a woman lustfully.
man is tortured; bloody wounds; man attacks another.
mature content involving sexual activity and shame.
"The Heart of Man" is a cinematic retelling of the parable of the Prodigal Son, intertwined with contemporary and poignant true testimonies of personal and sexual brokenness. These two genres are combined as never before to reveal the compassionate heart of God the Father for his sons and daughters illuminating an age-old truth: Shame is not a barrier to God’s love, but a bridge to absolute transformation, victory, freedom and hope.
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"The Heart of Man" at once, is one of the most beautifully photographed and, therefore, one of the most focused and attentive documentaries in recent memory. While threading stories of shame and guilt found in our everyday lives, director Eric Esau also shares with us a tale of sin and redemption, all dialogue free. Here, a wonderful appreciation for cinema is explored, while addressing a topic in equal parts challenging.
Without holding back, the film delves head-first into the topic of sexual sin, and for subject matter alone, it is not intended for younger viewers. However, tough, provocative subjects often times prove to be the most necessary to discuss. The film is also intended for a Christian audience, which may exclude certain audiences. But under its intended faith-based viewership, Esau's film opens up a conversation. Finding safe spaces for discussion on man's sexual, sinful nature is an everyday challenge, and "The Heart of Man" lets itself become porous as a platform for vulnerability.
This is a heavy film, for its content alone, and after viewing, one might need to take a deep breath and privately recollect oneself. But do not let that discourage a viewing of "The Heart of Man." Esau's film is challenging, taxing, and should be seen and talked about amongst faith-based communities.