PENDULUM SWINGS follows a man into a dark place in his life; a place at which he arrives through a combination of bad decisions, and forces beyond his control. When he
finally hits bottom, he is presented with an opportunity to climb out of his despair with a helping hand from a small number of people who could have chosen to judge him or write him off. Instead, they choose to offer compassion and grace. For our desperate character, the decision is ultimately his own. When the pendulum does swing back, his new life presents a whole new set of challenges and choices.
What a realistic and stark movie which yet offers hope! The title is played out in the film as Dale Jennings, a Christian, attempts to take his daughters to church regularly and live a Christian life despite the fact his wife, Maria, goes out drinking several nights a week with her girlfriends, leaving the kids at home with Dale and coming home in the wee hours of the morning. The pendulum swings in a bad direction for Dale when Maria insists he move out and he is served with divorce papers. He loses his job as a filmmaker and winds up about as low as possible when he borrows money from a loan shark and is evicted from his home. Still, a Christian friend reminds him that the pendulum can swing the other way again and life could be good again.
This dramatic film focuses on Dale’s struggles and his backsliding from his Christian faith but eventually he is reminded that Jesus said, “Come” to all those who labor and are heavy laden with burdens and care. As he surrenders once again to God the pendulum begins to swing his way again and against Maria who is trapped in an unscrupulous situation.
This movie features themes of mercy and grace and the hope for renewal when life is difficult. It features some nice performances from Adam Melton as Dale, Vanessa Ore as Maria, and Dave Blamy as Pastor Barry. We are pleased to award this film our “Family-Approved” Seal for ages twelve plus. See this one soon. You will certainly relate to at least some of the difficulties the characters endure.