A child’s weight in ‘Grams’

Arriaga talks about his script at screening

“21 Grams” scribe Guillermo Arriaga touched on weighty themes of heaven, hell and hope during Wednesday’s Q&A following pic’s unspooling in the Variety Screening series.

Scribe said his son inspired the script, which follows three characters finding hope amid misery. Arriaga said his son responded to a relative’s drowning with the query, “If I die, will you ever smile again? Can you ever play again?”

Scribe explained: “I want to tell my daughter and my son even though death has a very strong power, life has much, much more.”

Film historian Pete Hammond moderated the ArcLight sesh.

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