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The Hymens Parable (2000)

A man studying to be a Catholic priest finds that the memory of his sister's rape is affecting his faith.





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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shane Barach ...
Jason Scarcitelli
Cassie Scarcitelli
David Silvester ...
Matthew Velasquez ...
Jason (age 10)
Roshelle Baier ...
Cassandra (age 12) (as Roshelle Pattison)
Joey Carlini ...
Andrew (age 10)
Lola Lesheim ...
Head Nurse
Camilla Little ...
Dumb Nurse
Cassandra's Nurse
Steven I. Schafer ...
Dr. Palma
Michelle Myers ...
Fran Scarcitelli
Ian Grant ...
Frank Scarcitelli
Frank Amendola ...
Big Frank
Beth Chaplin ...


A man studying to be a Catholic priest finds that the memory of his sister's rape is affecting his faith. Written by Jon Springer

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Beautiful and subtle, but not complete.
7 March 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The previous poster did a wonderful job of summarizing the plot so I'll let their post stand. My commentary is this - the visuals are interesting, the themes thought-provoking (didn't Christ's people receive him not as well?) and the recommendation for "Dogma" is not entirely appropriate here. "Dogma" is a near-parody about reconciling oneself to faith and the requirements of higher forces.

THP is more an examination of faith as it relates to acceptance in and of the world (Jon's followup film "Heaven 17" also explores the concept of the faithful as fish out of secular water) and why not all prophets are sane, not all insane people are prophets, and many times it's not you choosing the Spirit so much as the Spirit choosing you.

The film is constrained somewhat by budget (though the visuals are worthy of full-blown Hollywood productions) and the characters need an arc (most of the film is flashback and they're not really _doing_ much in the present except for moving from flashback trigger to flashback trigger).

Nevertheless, a substantive work from someone whom I sincerely believe is capable of great work.

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