Friday, May 31, 2013


I just watched The Life of Pi. What a beautiful movie.

For everyone that has seen it, I have a question. In the end, when Pi says, "So you have heard both stories. In both of them, I lose my family, and the ship sinks. So which story do you prefer?"

The writer says, "The one with the animals."

And Pi says, "...and so it is with God."

What does that mean? Maybe it will come to me after I get some sleep, but right now, I don't get it.


Anonymous said...

I think he was talking about faith in general. I think what he was saying is that in his story there was no way to prove it really happened, that he was telling the absolute truth... and so it is with God. You can't PROVE it, so it all comes down to which story you believe, or prefer if you will. That's how I interpreted it, anyway!


BUSH BABE said...

YEah - that line got me too. Perhaps Briannas right. Or else that's why the bible has so many fabulous colourful stories - to illustrate concepts rather than lifelike reality? Who knows - amazing effects in that movie. Felt like I had been on a rollercoaster.

Debby said...

I actually like both of your explanations. My first thought was that he was saying that we create a God to make unbearable stories bearable, and it confused me because it did not fit with the context of the rest of the movie. But both of your explanations make more sense.

jeanie said...

I haven't seen the movie but have read the book.

I think it is a bit like how do you like your faith, as Brianna said - some people really do seem to need the fire and brimstone, others need the soothing love made possible by the trust between beast and man...

In the end he was saved.

ha - and my comment moderation is "life ndhesuc" - the first bit makes sense, the second not so much...

A Novel Woman said...

Here is a discussion about the ending.

Diane Meyer said...

I watched the movie about a week ago and I think he was saying which story would the man prefer to be true. The second story talks shows how humans can turn on each other like animals. Its ugly and brings tears to a person's eyes. I am thinking the first story was Pi's way of coping because in the end the results are the same...His family died, he was all alone in the world, and he coped the best way he could in order to move on in life.

I really don't think there is a right or wrong answer. I think they left it up to the one who watches it to interpret it as they will. The whole point I think is to make a person think :)