Pebbles and Stones
It’s the 11th September, 2001. Today is one of the most important days in Helene’s career due to an important premiere at the theatre, but it is also the day that her husband is moving into an old age home. During the rehearsal at the theatre, Helene receives a telephone call. It’s from the home where she just left her husband – he has disappeared. She now has to decide whether to leave the theatre, risking the premiere or try to get one of her two children to help find him.
At the theatre, the rehearsals are suddenly interrupted by the tragedy in New York. Everyone is very upset and they discuss whether to continue as planned, or to cancel the evening’s premiere. Everything is very confusing and upsetting for Helene, but suddenly it all seems crystal clear what she has to do. She loves her husband and he is more important than the premiere. She is determined to find him. But is it too late?
The film is inspired by what happened on the 11th September 2001, but also by a Zen Buddhist story about a professor in philosophy, who is standing in front of his students presenting a jar and some large stones. He puts the large stones in the jar and asks the students if the jar is full. They all agree that it is. The professor then fills the jar with smaller stones. The smaller stones fall down between the larger stones and fill the jar. Again he asks the class if the jar is full. They all laugh and now agree that it is full.
The professor then takes some sand and pours it into the jar. The sand falls between the larger and smaller stones and fills the jar. The professor then says that now the jar is full. The jar is the symbol of your life. The large stones are the most important values in your life e.g. your family, wife, children. The smaller stones symbolise the less important values in your life e.g. your car, house etc. The sand symbolises the least important things in your life. The lesson to learn, is not to fill the jar with sand as your first priority, because then there will be no room for the large stones in your life.