- Actors: Heather Wallis, Oliver Luke, Dane Seth Hurlburt, Andrew Sensenig, Richard Dillard
- Directors: Storme Wood
- Format: NTSC, Import
- Language: English
- Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
- Number of discs: 1
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: Monarch Video
- Release Date: April 24 2012
- Average Customer Review: Be the first to review this item
- ASIN: B0076L0RZY
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WHEN ESTHER'S FUNDAMENTALIST CHRISTIAN SECT FALLS ON HARD TIMES, SHE STARTS WORKING AT A LOCAL STORE TO SUPPLEMENT THE GROUP'S INCOME. AT THE STORE, ESTHER GETS A CHANCE TO SHARE HER FAITH WITH THE MANAGER, GABRIEL, A DEVOUT SKEPTIC. THEIR FRIENDSHIP HELPS ESTHER REFRAME HER FAITH IN A NEW LIGHT.
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Heather Wallis turns in a masterful performance as Esther. It is very easy to feel what she is feeling, as her heart and soul are torn by family, friends, and different concepts of spirituality.
The movie doesn't trivialize the feelings and issues. It shows what is right and what is wrong with religion in a loving and sympathetic manner. Regardless of your faith, I highly recommend this movie to anyone.
For those who have never been involved in a cult, you may be skeptical of the character of Esther. Don't be. People in cults really do get brainwashed to that extent. Cults have perfected mind control techniques and infused them with religious fervor. This story may be fictional, but it is very, very real. I noticed Steven Hassan in the credits as a consultant. He is one of the world's foremost authorities on cults, himself having survived the Moonies. The writing for this movie has been very well researched and accurately portrays life in a cult.
Enjoy the movie for its storytelling. The education is on the house.
It's very difficult to portray this type of transition in the short time of a film, but these film makers have managed to do a bang up job. The actors all handled their roles with beautiful expressiveness.
It may be a little challenging for some who feel that negative humor (mild though it is in this film) about religion is off limits. But it is just another way of dealing with the ugly side of cults that keeps things from becoming too heavy handed and preachy. If you find yourself in this category, stick to it, because Esther's choice in the end makes it worthwhile.
No single voice will be able to be the complete answer to the issue of religious abuse, but the one brought to the table by this film is definitely one of the ones to listen to.
This film is poignant because it brings into focus the problem of the social gospel. The extreme religious right condemns the many churches for their focuses on doing unto others as we would have others do unto us, calling those of us who believe living Christ's love "the failure of the social gospel." Yet it is the religious right who truly preach the social gospel - that is, they preach America's salvation is in transforming American culture through laws and coercion. This film reminds us that we can be free through Christ. Though you may watch it and believe it to be an attack on Christianity, it is not. It is an attack on those who would use Christianity to control others, to exert abuse and call it faith. It is an attack on those who would use God and the Bible to abuse others.