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Backslide (2003)

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Robbie and Maddie, two religious teens, repent of a sin they have obviously just committed in her parent's bed.

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Maddie and Robbie, both 16, lie side by side in a bed, looking up at the ceiling, sweat and worried looks on their faces. Pictures of Jesus decorate the bedroom wall. It seems that they have just let Eros overpower their judgment, and now there's concern, remorse, and a mutual plea that each help to keep the other from backsliding. They talk, share blame, and pray. He is risen. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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reminds me of someone I know
30 May 2005 | by (Humble, Texas, USA) – See all my reviews

This short subject features 2 religious teens (from the 70's, judging by their fashions and hairstyles) who are torn between their religious belief in abstinence and their feelings toward each other. Without being explicit, it is clear that the young couple have just fornicated and are wrack ed with guilt. They pray together, asking forgiveness and for the strength to resist their lustful desires. By the end of the short subject, the young couple has determined that they will never again place themselves in the way of temptation. As the camera fades to black, we see the pair embrace and begin kissing passionately, followed by audio only of the girl saying, "Oh God".

This short reminded me of my own youth and of the fundamentalist baggage that I carried around for way too many years. The young man in the short could very well have been me, and the girl, well, she knows who she is.

Well made and well acted this is one of the more easily understood short subjects I have seen. It is repeated on a semi-regular basis on the Independent Film Channel's "IFC Shorts Collection." A description of the program does not typically include names of the individual short subjects which will air, so you are pretty much stuck with watching the program blind and taking pot luck as to what you'll see.

8 out of 10 for taking me back to a place from which I thought I was far removed.


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