The Greatest of These



A musician visits her grandmother to practice for a recital.

Dove Review

The Review:

It’s incredible what sheet music can do. With dots, lines, and lyrics on a handful of pages, one might communicate emotion, tell a story, and convey setting and character relationships. In just a few pages, the words and harmony can inspire. In this sense, the screenplay for The Greatest of These is like sheet music to a beautiful song that hasn’t been performed yet.

The aspects are here for the artists: the calm backdrops to ground the emotion, the story of Sophie and her grandmother as they’re each processing loss, the topic and performance of music, the communication of the faith of the characters.

Different artists may interpret sheet music differently, and different artists may interpret a screenplay differently. It will be interesting to see and hear how the screenplay for The Greatest of These is adapted. From this screenplay, there is room for the artists to intentionally interpret and produce a lovely story of love amidst loss.

What will the short film from this screenplay be like? That’s somewhat like asking what a song will sound like by looking at the sheet music. We may watch the short film when it’s produced. But from this screenplay, it seems that The Greatest of These is moving forward on a sweet note.

Though there is some sadness and loss, there’s also hopefulness. The screenplay for The Greatest of These is Dove-Approved for All Ages.

The Dove Take:

This screenplay for a short film has emotion in its story of music and love.

Content Description

Faith: Mention of church and a cathedral; mention that characters will “meet again” characters who passed away; prayer, and a character says she will pray for another character; the song “Amazing Grace”; Bible and the Scripture verse John 3:16 is visually referenced; Christian music; a character says, “I found hope again.”
Integrity: Characters are loving; a character indicates that they gained hope; a character, in order to be with a character who is ill, declines an opportunity; the processing of emotions.
Sex: None
Language: None
Violence: A character is ill, coughing, and “…the tissue in her hand is covered in blood.”
Drugs: A “bottle of pills” is seen.
Nudity: None
Other: A character passes away; mention/indication of characters passing away and a funeral.


Company: No company provided
Genre: Drama
Reviewer: John P.