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USA 2006
Directed by
Stephen Simon
109 minutes
Rated PG

Reviewed by
Bernard Hemingway
2 stars

Conversations With God

Following hard on the heels of the mind-numbing platitudes of films like What The Bleep Do We Know? (2004) and The Secret (2006), Conversations With God  is based on a series of best-selling books by Neale Donald Walsch. It charts the author's real life journey from Mr Average Nowhere Man through to social pariah and, eventually, a internationally successful writer and motivational speaker with a spiritual message.

Although there is a self-satisfied preaching-to-the-converted quality (especially Walsch's claim to be channeling the voice of God. who, if we go by the evidence here, is a white, middle-class bloke with a dry sense of humour, pretty similar to Walsch) what makes Conversations With God, marginally bearable is that it takes the oft-heard motivationally-focussed scenario and keeps its woolly esoteric aspects grounded within the framework of a real individual life's. Here Henry Czerny is effective as Walsch although the script by Eric DelaBarre and Stephen Simon's direction are more of a mawkishly illustrative packaging of Walsch's experience and his lofty utterances rather than a dramatic engagement with or exploration of them. If you're not a devotee of New Age nostrums, this is not the film for you.




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