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The Fig Tree
Left motherless by tragedy and abandoned by his father, high school senior Seth McArdle (Samuel Davis) has been put under enormous pressure to support his little sisters. At school, he endures the daily bullying of the football team. When he fights back, he's singled out for punishment, assigned to an after-school work detail under the supervision of a reserved groundskeeper, Abel (Kevin Sorbo). Much to his surprise, Seth discovers that Abel may be the only one who truly understands his struggles. As dark times lure Seth towards desperate measures, the reluctant Abel may be the one person who can point him back towards the light.
"If I've learned one thing, it's you have to be honest when you're talking to God. Otherwise you're just going through the motions." --Abel
I have not been a fan of Kevin Sorbo (Abel) since his days as Hercules. But I must say that I actually enjoyed his performance in this film. Both Sorbo and Samuel Davis (Seth McArdle) are talented actors and the characters they portrayed were believable. The relationship between Seth and Abel seemed to progress naturally and the story moved along well.
The truth is, we can all relate to this movie. We all have things from our past that we don't want to deal with. But we know that God will forgive us, and in the end we need to learn how to forgive ourselves.