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This is one of those movies that leaves you with a sick feeling because the
story, twisted as it is, is not fiction but rather a true story. I find it
hard to rate movies like this, because it is very hard to enjoy them when a
person is sitting there wondering how the hell anyone could do such
despicable things. It's not the Holocaust or anything, but it's still
pretty darned disturbing. How anyone could have treated innocent babies
like this is beyond my understanding, especially when the perpetrator of the
insidious deeds keeps using God as justification.
Although this movie did leave me disturbed, I thought it was well done as a whole, though it perhaps could have used not to have been crammed into a two-hour TV movie, because there are parts of the story that could have used more elaboration, like Iris' experiences; there are so many people coming and going in the film, but very few of them are followed at all. I give it an 8; it's not Schindler's List, but it is certainly far better than most of the crap that gets made as a TV movie. Worth watching, as long as you're prepared for the subject matter.
Interesting Canadian b-movie about the true story of a woman and her husband, in the 1930's in Nova Scotia, in charge of a cheap country house where she helps young unmarried teenage girls to have their babies. Although she says she's working in the name of god, the woman is in fact a cruel butcher making money selling the babies to rich American families. This is well done with a low budget. Acting is just good, but the subject is interesting.
In 1938, in Nova Scotia, Canada, close to Halifax, the greed midwife Lila
Young (Susan Clark) entitles herself as obstetrician and receives single
mothers for a discrete childbirth and further adoption of the baby. Many
years later, it was revealed that she charged the women for the birth and
charge the candidates high amounts for the adoption. The babies not adopted
were put together with the sick ones to die and buried in wooden boxes of
butter in a clandestine cemetery. These events really happened in a location
close to Halifax, in Canada, in a period along the Second World War. All the
cast has an outstanding performance, but Susan Clark is perfect. The
community has accepted her job, and the story does not show Lila only as a
greed woman, but also as a deranged woman believing in the importance of her
assignment and using the name of God to justify it. Although being
excellent, this disturbing story is not indicated for all audiences. My vote
Title (Brazil): `Uma Cova Para os Anjos' (`A Grave For the Angels')
Solid acting on an interesting subject, with strong humanistic overtones. Not a box-office winner, but well-worth watching. Also, a good period piece - an excellent depiction of life in a conservative area of 70 years ago.
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