Joe is a middle-school band teacher whose life hasn't quite gone the way he expected. His true passion is jazz -- and he's good. But when he travels to another realm to help someone find their passion, he soon discovers what it means to have soul.

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Discussion Questions

  1. What’s your favourite scene or line? Why?
  2. If you had to make a T-shirt of this movie, what would it say?
  3. What is it about the character of 22 that strikes you the most?
  4. Talk about something you didn’t like in the movie. Try to put it as a question to yourself.
  5. If you knew your soul had pre-existence, would it make a difference in how you live your incarnated life now? How so?
  6. Why are we here? What’s your spark? What makes your life worth living? (from Rolling Stone review in above).
  7. How would you connect the metaphysics of the movie with your own faith journey?
  8. What Scripture text or wisdom story does ’Soul’ remind you of?
  9. How would you describe the spark that animates your life at its core?
  10. In her insightful book Improv Wisdom, Patricia Ryan Madson observes: "A good improviser is someone who is awake, not entirely self-focused, and moved by a desire to do something useful and give something back and who acts upon this impulse." Describe your response to Joe's improvised piano piece. Then select which of these laws of improvisation best suit you: Say Yes. Don't prepare. Just show up. Pay attention. Face the facts. Act now.
  11. Does the movie illustrate the stoic principle of the obstacle is the way? How do you see that?
  12. To have ’soul’ we somehow need to authentically express ‘lived truth’. How does Joe achieve this kind of existence?
  13. What is the “itch” of Joe’s life? Why is he a teacher of music if he knew he was meant to make music?