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The Rapture (1991)

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A telephone operator living an empty, amoral life finds God and loses him again.

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Diana
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Wayne
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This is the story of a young woman (who lives in Los Angeles) with a very boring job. At night however, she and a male partner cruise the bars as swingers. After a time, she begins to believe that a conspiracy exists and decides that she must become a born-again Christian. The movie presents an interesting view of how even the most unlikely person might become born-again. Written by Mark Logan <marklo@west.sun.com>

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Rapture (rap'chur) 1. ecstatic joy or delight. 2. a state of extreme sexual ecstasy. 3. the feeling of being transported to another sphere of existence. 4. the experience of being spirited away to Heaven just before the Apocalypse.

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Rated R for strong sensuality, and for some language and violence | See all certifications »

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4 October 1991 (USA)  »

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A Vocação  »

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$1,277,401
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Trivia

Tolkin wanted Sharon's apartment to be barren of decoration because it would symbolize the emptiness in her life. See more »

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After Sharon has picked up Tommy (the hitchhiker), equipment can be seen reflected in the storefronts that the two drive by. See more »

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[first lines]
Sharon: Please hold for the number. Operator 134. What city please? Is that a business or residence?
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: David Duchovny/Rod Stewart (1995) See more »

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WAVE
Performed by Antonio Carlos Jobim
Written by Antonio Carlos Jobim
Published by Corcovado Music Corp.
Courtesy of A&M Records
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"Atmospheric, imaginative, rare and sensual..."
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American screenwriter and director Michael Tolkien's feature film debut which he wrote, was screened at the 14th Toronto International Film Festival in 1991, shot on location in Los Angeles, California in USA and is an American production which was produced by producers Nancy Tenenbaum, Nick Wechsler and Karen Koch. It tells the story about Sharon, a telephone operator who lives in a free relationship with a man named Vick where swapping partners has become their only pleasure. All of the sudden Sharon begins questioning her immoral lifestyle and after meeting some evangelists who claims that the lord is about to return and that Armageddon is coming, she begins feeling empty inside. In an attempt to find something to fill her void, she decides to try an achieve salvation through joining a religious subculture.

Subtly and intimately directed by American filmmaker Michael Tolkin, this finely paced fictional tale which is narrated mostly from the protagonist's viewpoint draws an engaging portrayal of a woman's sudden religious awakening. While notable for it's naturalistic milieu depictions, fine production design by production designer Robert Standefer, cinematography by Montenegrin cinematographer Bojan Bazelli and use of light, this character-driven and narrative-driven independent film depicts a dense study of character and contains a prominent score by American composer Thomas Newman.

This scrutinizing depiction of religious faith from the early 1990s about a free-spirited woman's limitless spiritual journey which is an at times comically exaggerated and somewhat satirical mystery drama, is impelled and reinforced by it's cogent narrative structure, substantial character development and the involving acting performance by American actress Mimi Rogers. An atmospheric, imaginative, rare and sensual thriller that goes very far in it's examination of it's theme.


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