TMW Book Reviews

Review – Turning the Pages (Screenplay)


Alla Kaluzhny


In Turning the Pages, Alla, a serene and introspective protagonist, embarks on a deeply spiritual and mysterious journey of self-discovery. Set against the backdrop of her contemporary home, the narrative begins with Alla uncovering an old, ornate book embossed with cryptic symbols. This book, however, is no ordinary tome; it serves as a portal to her past lives, revealing a multitude of personas that Alla has inhabited across centuries.

The screenplay masterfully interweaves elements of drama, mystery, and spirituality, creating a rich tapestry that explores the depths of the human soul. Each page turned by Alla conjures translucent images of her past selves—spectral figures who gather around her dining table to share their poignant stories. From a noble medieval warrior to a tender Mayan girl, these past lives are depicted with a depth and emotional resonance that is both haunting and enlightening.

One of the screenplay’s standout features is its ability to balance intricate storytelling with vivid, atmospheric descriptions. The opening scene, set in Alla’s warmly decorated living room, immediately draws the reader in with its detailed and evocative imagery. The ambient music, the large amethyst crystals, and the soft lighting all contribute to a sense of calm that is soon juxtaposed with the surreal and mystical elements that follow.

The dialogue is another strong point of “Turning the Pages.” Alla’s interactions with her past selves are imbued with a sense of reverence and introspection, reflecting her journey towards understanding and healing. Each character’s story is a piece of a larger puzzle, revealing the complexities and interconnectedness of Alla’s soul. The screenplay’s ability to maintain a coherent and engaging narrative while delving into such diverse and rich character backgrounds is commendable.

The screenplay also excels in its thematic depth. It tackles profound questions about identity, purpose, and the nature of the soul’s journey. The spiritual elements are woven seamlessly into the narrative, providing a contemplative layer that invites the reader to reflect on their own life’s path and the possibility of past lives influencing the present.

Furthermore, the screenplay’s structure is well-crafted, with each scene building upon the last to create a cohesive and compelling arc. The pacing is deliberate yet engaging, allowing the reader to fully immerse themselves in Alla’s journey without feeling rushed.

In conclusion, “Turning the Pages” is a beautifully written and thoughtfully composed screenplay that stands out for its rich character development, evocative descriptions, and profound thematic exploration. It is a story that not only entertains but also invites deep reflection, making it a compelling read for anyone interested in the mysteries of the soul and the interconnectedness of past and present lives.

– The Moving Words Review

Official Entry: The Most Moving Book Award, Jan. 3, 2025