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Children of God (2010)

 |  Drama  |  20 May 2011 (USA)
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The story of two young Bahamian men who fall in love with each other and portrays the homophobia of the Bahamian society.

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Reverend Ritchie
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Mike Roberts (as William Craig Pinder)
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Mike Robert's Friend
Jason Elwood Hanna ...
Purple (as Jason Hanna)
Christine Wilson ...
Anna
Conrad Knowles ...
Mojo
Aijalon Coley ...
Omar Mackey (as Ai-Jalon Coley)
Jonathan Murray ...
Guy in Bed
Juanita Kelly ...
Lonnette
Nicolas Stanko ...
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The story of two young Bahamian men who fall in love with each other and portrays the homophobia of the Bahamian society.

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Feature length remake of the 2007 short Float. See more »

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Trouble in Paradise
29 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In spite of the tremendous advances in gay rights in many countries in recent years, homophobia is actually intensifying in many place. While first and foremost a beautiful and tender personal drama, Children of God is also a study of anti-gay intolerance in the Bahamas.

The main story is about Johnny, a gay art student who's so broken that he can no longer express his feelings on canvas, can't defend himself even verbally, and can't even touch another human being. Faced with losing his art scholarship, his teacher directs him to spend a few days on the island of Eleuthera to reconnect with nature, and hopefully his own artistic spirit. There he meets the aptly-named Romeo, who helps him to discover hope, trust, and love.

The second-most prominent story, which lightly touches Johnny's, is that of Ralph and his family. Ralph is a vehemently anti-gay preacher with a secret, driven to stage anti-gay rallies. Lena, his wife, learns she has acquired an STD from him. When she tries to find out what he's done, he turns on her, and to cope, she buries herself even more deeply in his "Save the Bahamas" campaign, hoping to find solace in certainty. In turn, she unwittingly bullies her young son, who becomes afraid that he might be go to hell if he does something "sissy."

Children of God isn't perfect. Some of the meetings toward the end seem somewhat forced, and religious dialogue, always difficult to handle well, doesn't sound quite as natural as it did in, say, Wise Kids. And some of Johnny's quirks seem implausible; how can you have sex if you're afraid to shake hands? The most serious flaw is a character named Purple who has no development. The movie would be improved omitting him and rewriting the ending.

Yet for all this, it's a very good film. If you don't need Hollywood CGI explosions, and can enjoy small stories of the heart, you'll enjoy Children of God.


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