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Storyrocket Number

798-566368239

Intended Medium

Movie

Language

English

Other

9780620709026

Material Type

Book

Funding Platform

None

Location

Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

Although set in Johannesburg, South Africa, the protagonist, Mark Hanson, has a pivotal mystical experience in rural Mozambique on a work assignment as a railway engineer, and also briefly describes events and locations in other African countries.
Era

Other

Crosses over from present day (including near past and future within one generation) to a spiritual world which is described as an eternal moment outside of space and time.
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Submited by: Michael Howard (Writer)
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Mark Hanson’s already challenging life is rocked by the news that he’s had a psychotic break and is about to be arrested, a turn of events that has him struggling with truth all the way to a final awakening that we must all face.

Synopsis

Mark Hanson punches his wife in the face, and then reconciles with her in the course of a few hours the same evening. His ex-wife is there too. They reminisce, looking at old failures in a new, healing way. He's delighted, of course. Who wouldn’t be? But he's unsettled too.
You see... ex-wife Greta has been dead for six years. And Anne is gushing inexplicable forgiveness and mystical wisdom only hours after the most violent fight of their tempestuous marriage.
The doctor says that the whole evening was a psychotic break from the trauma of the fight.
“Your experience of being with your wife after the incident is a delusion. In fact, she was rushed to hospital, where she died. Her body has been at the coroner’s office since then. You were brought here, and you’ve been unconscious in the adjoining room for nearly twenty-four hours.”
He thinks Mark’s punch killed Anne. He holds him under observation in a grubby Johannesburg state hospital until a cocksure police inspector arrests him for suspicion of murder.
So begins Mark’s journey into a world of mystical experiences, accompanied by the frightening possibility that he might be psychotic. Teachers and guides, spirits and oracles, from this world and the next, help him ramble along to lucidity...
...Until his turn comes to die.
Scenes of mangled airplane parts and dismembered bodies sinking into the Mediterranean usher him into the eternal mystical experience, with Anne’s dark hair waving in jasmine scent and Greta dancing in the pine trees’ whispers.
Then it's time for him to visit the oracle from the other side. And to know for himself that the good doctor’s diagnosis was wrong. To know for himself that the line between this world and the next is blurred, and death is a delusion.

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Cast Wish-List
  • Gwyneth Paltrow
    Gwyneth Paltrow as Greta
    Female 46 Years old
  • Meryl Streep
    Meryl Streep as Bella
    Female 50 Years old
  • Rachel Bilson
    Rachel Bilson as Anne
    Female 36 Years old
  • Keanu Reeves
    Keanu Reeves as Mark
    Male 45 Years old
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