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The Fall and the Redemption

“The Fall”, released in September 2006, narrates a story which happened in Los Angeles. Novice stuntman Roy Walker was hospitalized due to a failed attempt in his first film. He wanted to impress his beloved girlfriend, but lost her after the agonizing accident instead. Roy, the well-educated, decent gentleman, was now just a paralytic in endless suffering. 


The more intellectual you are, the more skillful you are at camouflaging your genuine emotions. Day by day, he lied on his bed with calm smiles, paltering the visitors who wanted him to accept the compensations.


Roy met a 5-year-old Romanian girl Alexandria, who had broken an arm while picking oranges in her family-owned orchard. Asking about his visitors, she said, “Is your friend a pirate?” With desperation hiding underneath water, Roy replied, “Sometimes.” He then began tricking her with a story he made up, in order to get some suicidal morphine. An epic tale, expanding with Alexandria’s fancy little imagination.


In Roy’s tale, the character design is quite intriguing, the main character of the story is a cooly-masked French bandit, along with his fellows, an Italian bomb master Luigi, Britain biologist Charles Darwin and his Monkey friend Wallace, Mystic from a cult who has supernatural power, black ex-slave Otta Benga, and a reticent Indian warrior. A metaphor of Roy’s mental map is implied. Roy brought himself into the roles subconsciously, who were bullied by atrocity, incapable of swimming, a nature worshipper with a smart pet, had a beloved wife killed. In the middle of the story, Alexandria even threw herself into the tale as the leader bandit’s daughter, saving them at a crucial moment. Traveling through over 20 countries, they rode elephants across brightly shining sea, walked through magnificent landscapes, and fought battles in spectacular ancient architectures.


The innocent girl Alexandria was deeply attracted by the story. Without understanding what she was doing, she tried to get her dear friend Roy a bottle of morphine, but fell down again, injuring herself for the second time. Alexandria was wounded severely on her head which required her to receive a surgery. In her painfully murmuring minds under the surgical knives, she heard a doctor asked her if she had given Roy the medicine. When she woke up, she saw Roy weeping aside her bed, with a bottle of strong alcohol. 


“I didn’t tell them about our secrets, even they torture me with needles. ” Alexandria squeezed out these words with no accusations, only asking Roy for the rest of the story.


Roy, racked with guilt, continued his made-up tragedy: Though the bandits exerted all their efforts seeking for revenge on their common foe, governor Odious, they were deceived and were killed one by one, until there was only the bandit leader(Roy) and his daughter(Alexandria) in the story. Alexandria cried mournfully, begging Roy to spare the only remaining bandit’s life.


“But there is no happy ending for him… he even couldn’t stand up in the shallow pool. This is my story…” Said Roy, heartbroken. 


“And mine too! ” Insisted the sobbing girl.


Roy sat there, with a slightly opened mouth, he couldn’t say a word. It was as though light was shedding on his sorrowing heart. 


Instead, in Alexandria’s story, her bandit father stood up, powerfully punched governor Odious’ face, which he should have done from the beginning. He hugged and lifted up his little daughter who had been crying for him.

The epic tale finally reached its end. Roy’s redemption was just like what the Nobel literature price winner Romain Rolland said: “As long as there is a pair of faithful eyes to cry with me, it is worth my suffering for life.” Alexandria, was the pair of faithful eyes to cry with Roy. This little girl, with the purest gaze into his soul, has proved how clean and perfect children are.


Sometimes we fall from ladder, from bridge, breaking our legs, our arms, and our hearts. So did religion fall, when Jesus Christ was crucified on Golgotha’s hill, when churches began wrangling with each other. What we need to know is the fall doesn’t mean that is the end. Rather, with a broken heart and contrite spirit, we were given a chance to choose to be reborn, shaking off the obsolete mud and dust, being carved and reshaped by the master’s hand, whose name is God. Death and grief will one day come to our beloved ones, exposing our vulnerabilities as human beings. Our faith has been crashed over time, however our most suffered brother Jesus, has risen up and out of the tribulation, and told us to love our enemies. 


Falling is never the end of life, every fall has a hidden redemption within the cracks. The sufferers like Roy are in fact endurers as well. We are all warriors of life.


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