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A Review of the Movie "The Sublime and Beautiful" by Dr. Bilal Yorulmaz

The Sublime and Beautiful (2013)

Directed by Blake Robbins

Narrative Features

The Sublime and Beautiful is based on a true story that the director 
Blake Robbins witnessed in his life. College professor David Conrad is a 
caring father of three children. He has an outwardly good relationship with his wife Kelly while he is cheating on her with a young woman.

One night when he’s out with his lover, Katie, a drunk driver crashes into 
Kelly’s car as she is driving home from a Christmas party, killing all three 
children and wounding Kelly badly.

Kelly and David struggle to escape their sense of guilt. David is so upset 
because of not being with his children on the accident night. Kelly feels guilty
because of the accident. Inconsolable grief and fury causes them to withdraw 
from their parents and most acquaintances.

When the drunk driver is set free on bail in their home town, David starts to follow him secretly. The man tries to commit suicide at his home, but cannot manage it due to his wife. In the end, David finds a convenient time, goes to the drunk driver’s home, and kills him. After the murder, David goes to a church and asks for forgiveness. Nobody knows he killed the driver other than the police officer who witnessed the car accident. The police officer asks him if he killed the driver; and although he admits he did, the police officer doesn’t arrest him.

The movie shows us dilemmas surrounding the dualities of forgiveness and revenge, justice and mercy, duty and compassion. And the movie makes think the audiences ask, what can we forgive? What is justice, and what is mercy?

—  Bilal Yorulmaz

Yorulmaz, Bilal (2014) "The Sublime and Beautiful," Journal of Religion & Film: V ol. 18: Iss. 1, Article 9.
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