Rent Apostasy (2017)

3.5 of 5 from 236 ratings
1h 30min
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Synopsis:
As devout Jehova's Witnesses, sisters Alex (Molly Wright) and Luisa (Sacha Parkinson) and their mother, Ivanna (Siobhan Finneran), are united in The Truth. When Luisa starts to question the advice of the Elders, she makes a life-altering transgression that threatens to expel her from the congregation. Unless Ivanna and Alex can persuade her to return, they must shun her completely. The challenge becomes more painful when their family is faced with another heartbreaking test of faith.
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Directors:
Daniel Kokotajlo
Writers:
Daniel Kokotajlo
Studio:
Curzon / Artificial Eye
Genres:
British Films, Children & Family, Drama
Countries:
UK
BBFC:
Release Date:
17/09/2018
Run Time:
90 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English, English Audio Description
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Bonus:
  • Audio commentary with director and writer Daniel Kokotajlo and actress Sacha Parkinson
  • Interview with cast featurette
  • Deleted/alternate scenes
  • Above the scenes
BBFC:
Release Date:
17/09/2018
Run Time:
93 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English, English Audio Description
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Bonus:
  • Audio commentary with director and writer Daniel Kokotajlo and actress Sacha Parkinson
  • Interview with cast
  • Deleted/alternate scenes
  • Above the scenes

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Reviews (6) of Apostasy

Urgent and potent - Apostasy review by JB

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Perhaps because of my negative bias, I would've expected a film written and directed by a former Jehovah's witness to be angry. But this is a film which is an honest and empathetic look at the experience of being part of a little understood religion.

It's not perfect.. It does feel a bit contrived in places. Conversations between believers and non believers are very much done for the audience's benefit, as an explanation of the religion, rather than as naturalistic scenes. And the two significant plot points, together in one film, do threaten to take the movie into "issue of the week" TV film territory. But the strength of the performances, plus the effort the film goes to humanise every aspect of the religion, gives its an urgency and potency that is never less than gripping. And its authenticity is undeniable. I really liked it!

6 out of 7 members found this review helpful.

You'll need patience - Apostasy review by KF

Spoiler Alert

The film deals with some weighty personal issues in the context of young girl's adherence to the rules of the Witness Movement but in an agonisingly slow and low key manner. Some might find it revealing. It certainly isn't a Witness Movement recruitment film. A good effort for what it is perhaps.

0 out of 0 members found this review helpful.

An underrated little gem - Apostasy review by JP

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Apostasy succeeds in what it sets out to do: to show the dilemma a Jehovah's witness family face when it comes up against the harsh reality of life. The mother, brought up as a witness and a staunch defender of it, realises the price she has to pay when one daughter dies for lack of a blood transfusion, and the other deserts her for not saving the daughter, her sister.

Poignant, moving and well acted.

1 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

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