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The Offering (1997)

Unrated | | Drama | 1 June 1997 (Portugal)
A rebellious teenage drug user, Paul is startled by an apparition of an African Christ, who is visible to him only. At the same time, Paul's mother Nora has nightmares about Paul being ... See full summary »

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Jason Parkhurst ...
Paul
Michael Ann Rowe ...
Nora
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Kevin (as Dave Conelli)
Roy Innocenti ...
Brian
Orran Farmer ...
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Sandra
Vishnu Seesahai ...
Joe
Alexandra Noailles ...
Tanya
Steve Picciano ...
Police Officer
Bill Mullen ...
Dr. Abrams
Tess Healy ...
Mrs. Blackmore
Don Juhlin ...
Principal McDonald
Christine Perron ...
Mrs. Davis
Danny McPartland ...
Bartender
Wes Houston ...
Fucked up Pete
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A rebellious teenage drug user, Paul is startled by an apparition of an African Christ, who is visible to him only. At the same time, Paul's mother Nora has nightmares about Paul being murdered by his abusive father, Brian, while in real life, Brian is making death threats to her new lover. Encouraged by Christ to become more spiritual, Paul struggles to convince his family and friends that he isn't crazy, and find out why Christ has appeared to him. Written by Edward Robins <abba_owns_me@hotmail.com>

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Was Jesus really black?

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Requiem
/ "Lacrymosa"
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Courtesy of Namos Records
Harmonic Ranch ... Sound Recording and Mix
Maya Morales ... Vocals
Neil Benezra ... Percussions
Brooke Williams ... Flute
Beo Morales ... Guitar, Bass, Percussion
Queintin Chappetta ... Percussion, Piano
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Earnestly made amateur film.
13 July 2005 | by (fabulous Las Vega$!) – See all my reviews

"The Offering" is unique, and for that alone deserves a nod. In a time when Hollywood has run so short of ideas that remakes of remakes are the order of the day, it's refreshing to see atomic-budget indies with innovation and little mainstream appeal occasionally emerging.

The story of a drug-addled teen(ahem)having a spiritual awakening through visitations by a black Jesus is told well, and the amateur cast demonstrates that a big name is not at all necessary to turn an impressive performance. Although this has a distinct "Jack Chick" comics quality about it, it strays wisely from excessive preachiness and focuses mostly on the lives of its primary characters. A bittersweet affair, and a thoughtful one. Too, it's nice to see a different/more likely depiction of Christ for a change, as opposed to the customary Nordic blond Christ which somehow became the representation chiefly accepted as "correct".

A forgivably flawed and interesting film...6/10


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