Urgent and potent
- Apostasy review by JB
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!
8 out of 9 members found this review helpful.
sensitive issue very well handled
- Apostasy review by OP
This is a really good film, giving a rare insight into the JW movement. The acting is absolutely brilliant, and the whole endeavour has a really authentic feeling to it. The whole thing is totally gripping and at points excruciatingly difficult to watch- but so well worth it!
3 out of 4 members found this review helpful.
An underrated little gem
- Apostasy review by JP
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.
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful.