Harry Hamlin and Kristen Kerr star in “The Fourth Noble Truth,” a drama which focuses on Hollywood bad boy Aaron Redmond (Hamlin), who is used to getting what he wants, and meditation instructor Rachel (Kerr), who is not impressed with how Aaron chooses to live his life. He’s a womanizing, egotistical party boy.
Convicted of road rage, Aaron is asked by his attorney to seek counseling and meditation instruction from Rachel. Right off the bat, we see how Aaron works. He’s flirtatious and not at all serious about the situation. Clearly, it’s going to be a tough road for Rachel to teach Aaron “The Four Noble Truths” of Buddhism: 1)The truth of suffering; 2) The truth of the cause of suffering; 3) The truth of the end of suffering; and 4) The truth of the path that frees us from suffering.
Aaron has a lot to learn, and Rachel shows great patience with him. There’s just one problem, though. He continuously tries to seduce her, which, to her, means he’s not serious about the journey. He IS sexy, but also annoying and frustrating at times.
Their conversations are intense, delving into questions about beliefs and the way Aaron is living his life. But it’s not all about him. I really enjoyed Aaron questioning her beliefs and asking her if she is happy.
This movie really made me think about my life and what is it that I really want. I loved Rachel’s line, “We are part of something much bigger than ourselves.” Hamlin and Kerr have great chemistry and are well cast in this film. Their relationship is believable, like people you might know in real life.
“The Fourth Noble Truth” is a touching film about what it really means to be happy. It will encourage viewers to examine their own lives and hopefully make changes for the better.
“The Fourth Noble Truth,” a DKZ Films production, was written & directed by Gary T. McDonald, and produced by David Kohner Zuckerman and Jillian Stein.
Look for it in theaters June 5, 2015.
Kim is a Seattle-based writer with two screenplays to her credit and is starting a third. Her ultimate goal is to see one make it to the big screen, and be part of that process. Follow Kim on Twitter at @kimberlystrand1.