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Acts of Worship (2001)

R | | Drama | 24 January 2001 (USA)
Alix is taken in by a photographer, Digna, who despite her friends' protests, tries to help Alix piece her life back together and overcome her addictions.


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Alix is taken in by a photographer, Digna, who despite her friends' protests, tries to help Alix piece her life back together and overcome her addictions. Written by gluba2000 (revised)

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You never know what someone's been through.



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Rated R for strong drug content, pervasive language and some sexuality

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Praxeis latreias  »

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Alix: I found out how hard it is to change, really change. Even hell can get comfortable if you're used to it. All I wanted my whole life, was for that lonliness inside me to go away. But, it never did, no matted what I drank, or what drug I took, or where I went, who I was with. We all need something to help us get through life. All I needed was to find the right thing to rely on, something that would never go away, something I would never run out of. Turned out to be the same thing for everybody. ...
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So real it seemed like a documentary.
24 June 2005 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

I can't really say that I enjoyed this movie, considering the subject nature...but it did make me think, and most importantly, feel.

Alix and Digna seem like two totally different people. Alix is a drug addict. She lives on the streets of NYC and lives a daily life of finding money and a fix and a place to sleep - in that order, often doing shady things to accomplish them. Digna is a successful photographer who has a great boyfriend, a nice apartment and seems to be rapidly advancing through her career.

Digna lives next door to someone that Alix gets high with and they know each other on a first-name basis. Soon, they both end up entering each other's worlds, and finding out just how similar their lives really are.

I feel like many of the scenes in this film are very realistic, especially the scenes of Alix on the street and how she lives her daily life. I think Ana Reeder did a great job in those scenes, and must have done quite a bit of research before playing this role.

I felt a little different regarding Michael Hyatt (Digna). Some of the scenes seemed a little shallow as far as acting - not enough depth into the character. I don't think this was mostly her fault though, I think the script could have been better in some places, such as the scenes with Digna and her boyfriend, Anthony (Nestor Rodriquez). I didn't feel like they were much of a loving couple, just kind of bland and blah.

All in all though, this film is a very refreshing change from the over-acted, over-produced, high budget dramas that are out there. The movement of the camera and angles made this film seem like you were watching a documentary at times - which to me, is a good thing. I applaud the director, Rosemary Rodriquez, for taking a step to make this film. She mentions in the featurette on the DVD that she didn't want to glamorize drug addiction but show it for what it really is. She did a great job.

I felt like there was so much beauty in the scenes of the film - I love watching the streets of NYC, however, what goes on isn't always beautiful. Very tragic. Rosemary Rodriquez has helped us to see humanity on the streets.

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