Tuesday, August 7, 2012
I wish I'd gotten something about this film up weeks ago - but life ever so rudely interrupts.
I don't really do reviews here - which in this case is good, because on a scale of 1 to 10, I've give this film somewhere around a 20. I'd consider it, along with Quivering Daughters, to be an essential resource in educating about spiritual abuse, particularly as it pertains to the specific movements discussed here.
The primary character, Esther, is a spot-on illustration of a person rendered something less than a person by a belief system, her life dictated by the whims of a patriarchal religious tyrant, lived within the parameters of rigid religious rules, paralyzed by her own religious addictions. Afraid to live, in many ways, for fear of the response of her religious leaders, and even worse, the response of God. Her journey to freedom is written and acted beautifully.
My favorite line in the film comes from the male lead, Gabriel, in response to a question from Esther...
"I didn't leave the truth of the church. I left the culture of the church."
How accurate is this story? Accurate enough that a couple of years ago it would've been difficult for me to watch. The story is powerful, and if you've been a part of or heavily brushed by any of these movements, you'll have an ample supply of "I've seen that!' and "I've lived that!" moments.
Well done, Andie. Well done.
Visit the film's web page HERE, and its IMDb page HERE.
If you're interested in purchasing the DVD, you can find links to do so on the film's web page above, or you can visit Amazon HERE.