Notes from Dunblane: Lesson from a School Shooting (2018)

“The majori ty of those who died today were children. Beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old.” – President Barack Obama

Number of Times Seen – 1 (2 Oct 2019)

Brief Synopsis – Following a school shooting near Boston, a priest is contacted by another priest from Dunblane, England who went through similar troubles more than a decade earlier and together they try to find a path to healing and reflection.

My Take on it – As someone who clearly remembers the two tragedies dealt with in this film, I was quite interested in seeing what it was all about.

The premise of this film is quite intriguing yet it falls a bit short due to the very short length of this movie because it doesn’t manage to fully capture the entire essence of such tragedies as it would like to.

They do a great job establishing how two complete strangers could form a bond over their shared experiences with the tragedies they dealt with in their communities even though they are continents apart.

The message of this film is quite clear and is all about gun control yet it fails to deal with the underlying fact that the US and England have very different legislative system that have been set up very differently from the beginning.

They are able to find a way to show the pain and suffering that both of these communities have experiences despite the fact that they are separated by a vast Ocean between them.

Their joint faith is what brings them together as they both try to find a way to recover as much as they physically can from these events even though dealing with the emotional and mental scars left by those dark days will still remain for years to come.

Bottom Line – Very intriguing premsie that feels much too short to truly capture the essence of this kind of story. The movie deals with the way that two strangers can form a connection continents away from one another due to the shared kinds of tragedy that both have experienced in their communities. The film has a clear message yet fails to deal with the underlying facts about the differences in the way that the laws are set up in each country quite differently. The film is able to show the pain and loss of both of these communities separated by an Ocean but joined by a common faith which in time will try to help them recover as much as physically possible even if the emotional and mental scars will still remain. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Father Basil recalls his own town’s efforts to launch the “Snowdrop” campaign that brought about radical gun policy reform in the UK, whereas the US has had no federal reform to date. There have been over 1600 mass shootings since December 2012 in the US. (From

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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