Untouched

Untouched

Untouched: Battle of Inner Demons and Conscience

A conscientious soul makes a man stand with courageous integrity and fight for the truth. This story tells how guilt works in the lives of those who harboured regrets.

Main character Mitch was a lawyer. She inherited her mom’s firm in Savannah. Eleanor was an authoritative figure not only in the firm and their town but in her son’s life as well. Mitch became pushed over and preferred to do his mom’s bidding. His behaviour may seem intriguing — an adult without a backbone of his own.

As the plot unfolds, Mitch showed that even an educated person from a well-off family could become vulnerable to his emotions. Much as we too, show others a façade of stable personality when, in fact, we battle with inner demons like guilt and regrets.

The story turned when Eleanor wanted Mitch to represent 16-year-old Jacquelyn, daughter of Reverend Terry — arrested for murdering her newborn baby. Mitch’s former flame District Attorney Reece submitted a motion so Jacquelyn will be on trial as an adult.

However, the judge granted to have her detained at a juvenile facility upon Mitch’s request. For Eleanor and Reece, it was already a done deal. However, Mitch and his police investigator friend Taylor went to Tybee community in a search for the baby’s father.

And then, there was Angela, Mitch’s former great love who happened to be Jacquelyn’s music teacher. She stands as a witness. During questioning, Reece slighted her credibility by asking if she ever had an abortion, but Mitch was quick to intervene. This scene reminds us that no passing of time can diminish deep-seated hurts. There had been no proper closure for Angela and Mitch.

There were several twists and turns in this film. Reverend Terry and Eleanor seemed to have affection for each other but chose to keep their reputation instead. Mitch didn’t fight for what he and Angela had a long time ago. It caused him so much regret to the point of drinking to drown memories of their togetherness. Both mother and son have issues of their own and against each other.

The core message of this film depicts the purpose of conscience so that some scenes could have justified it. Jacquelyn reads The Bible inside her cell.

However, she remained adamant about confessing the truth. Her father was a preacher, and yet, he remained proud and detached from his daughter’s ordeal. Their knowledge of the scripture could have led to exposing their guilt and then repentance. Instead, they portrayed religious persons who committed a crime and got away with it because of their influence on those who impose the legal system.

Some things are better left untouched like a lost love or a past mistake — they break us for a while. When we face the truth and forgive ourselves, that’s when a new chapter of our lives begins.

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October Baby: A Quest to Redeem an Identity

October Baby

The film October Baby has dramatically dealt a sensitive topic about failed abortion and its consequences. Main character Hannah was a freshman student who suffers seizures due to being born prematurely. After fainting onstage at a school play, her protective father Dr. Jacob consults a neurologist about her complications. Hannah overheard their conversation including that he read her journal where she noted feeling unwanted. She then insisted to know the cause of her health issues.

As it turns out, Hannah survived a failed abortion and that she was an adopted child. This revelation led to a quest to find her birth mother. Hannah wanted to know what happened to her mother and why she considered her as a case of unwanted pregnancy. These scenes showed us the emotion of a confused teenager with an identity concealed from her. We also saw the love of an adoptive father who kept the circumstances underlying her birth for as long as he can.

Right in time for spring break, Hannah travels with her childhood friend Jason and his buddies so they can drop her off to Mobile on the way to New Orleans. Jason’s girlfriend Alana gets jealous over Hannah so she called Dr. Jacob to confront him. What’s good about Jason is that he proves to Dr. Jacob that he can trust him as his daughter’s friend and companion. He left his buddies and girlfriend so he can go with Hannah. There was a chance for them to sleep in one bed in a hotel but they ended sleeping at a couch in the lobby instead. What they showed is young love that has pure intentions for each other.

There were several heartbreaking scenes in this film. Nurse Mary described in details to Hannah what happened when she and her twin brother was born. The incident left a trauma in her even at the passing of time. The second poignant scene was when Hannah’s birth mother Cindy saw her note on the table. In it were the words I forgive you and a hospital tag she used when Hannah was born. Cindy broke down in tears realizing the weight of her sin. She didn’t acknowledge Hannah as her daughter when they met. The pain was still there between them.

However, Hannah chose to forgive her even when she didn’t ask for it. The third tearful scene was when Dr. Jacob brought Hannah to her twin’s grave and told her about the lengths he and his wife took in order for her to live. Hannah finally had closure with her past and understood that it was her adoptive parents who wanted her in their lives.

Ultimately, the story’s message was as we are forgiven by Christ, we forgive those who sinned against us not because they deserve forgiveness. We have the power to choose to forgive because we deserve to free ourselves from the burden that hatred and regrets bring to our souls.