Keywords: Andrey Zvyagintsev The Banishment unhappyness happyness theology of the film

KMT 2018 nr 3 Download PDF

The problem of happiness and unhappiness in The Banishment of Andrey Zwyagintsev – an attempt of theological interpretation

Cite: , Problem szczęścia i nieszczęścia w Wygnaniu Andrieja Zwiagincewa - próba interpretacji teologicznej, "Kultura - Media - Teologia", 2018( 34) nr 3, s. 72-94.

DOI: 10.21697/kmt.34.3

The article analyzes the movie from Andrey Zwyagintsev titled The Banishment, from a cultural-theological perspective, concentrating the research on issues surrounding happiness and unhappiness. Despite the director's movies not being confessional, in The Banishment we can find a consistent Christian vision of happiness, which is built on 3 pillars (particular parts of the thesis correspond to each one of them): 1. the state of unhappiness, particularly in relations between a man and a woman, as a consequence of the original sin and banishment from Eden; 2. the happiness regained thanks to the effort of a person that seeks God and friendship with Him - it is reflected in a regained harmony in marriage; 3. the happiness gained thanks to a sacrifice resembling the sacrifice of Christ, which makes it possible to know the transcendent Truth, to repent and convert. The Banishment shows us that Christian happiness is not fully possible here on Earth, and that it frequently is a blessing in disguise - but it is consistent with the spirit of the Sermon on the Mount. However, such happiness is definitely true.

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