I first watched this movie when I was 12 and have watched it countless times since then… Every time I watch it, I get different lessons/messages out of it; but one thing remains the same – it brings me to tears every single time.
It’s a story about love – unattainable love, forbidden love, but also the kind of love that last forever ~
It’s a story about being human – our emotions, struggles, conflicts, desires, strengths & weaknesses ~
And, it’s a story about the life – faith, the choices we make, and the journey, through time, to find peace ~
Here is one message that binds everything together – “For the best is only bought at the cost of great pain”…
The mini-series was adapted from The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough.
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Dialogues from the movie:
Archbishop: When your rose fell to the ground, I understood at last, the sadness you always wear like a holy mantle.
Ralph de Bricassart: Oh Vittorio, I have tried so hard to get her out of my heart.
Archbishop: You think I don’t know that?
Ralph de Bricassart: Then why?
Archbishop: Ralph, our God has given us freewill. And with that freewill comes the burden of choice. It is time, far past time that you took up that burden, because until you do, you cannot go on.
Quote from the book:
Long ago, there was a bird to sang just once in its life.
From the moment it left its nest, it searched for a thorn tree.
And it never rested until it found one.
Then it began to sing more sweetly than any other creature on the face of the earth.
And singing, it impaled its breast on the longest, sharpest thorn.
But as it was dying, it rose above its own agony
to out-sing the lark and the nightingale.
The thornbird pays its life for that one song
and the whole world stills to listen
and God, in His heaven ~ smiles.
As its best was bought only at the cost of great pain.
Driven to the thorn, with no knowledge of the dying to come.
But when we press the thorn to our breast,
And still…… we do it.