Esther Harris, a young woman praised for her virtue and devotion to Warren F. Vanderbilt's Prophetic Watchman Ministries, has been given the opportunity of a lifetime - to attend Vanderbilt's Kingdom Bible College and to marry Phillip Sawyer, the son of a minister and a Kingdom student being groomed for the ministry. When the fundamentalist Christian sect falls on hard times, Esther looks for employment at a local health food store to supplement the group's income. At the store, Esther gets a chance to share her faith with her new manager, Gabriel, a devout skeptic and preacher's kid, and his roommate, Mark, a college drop-out who finds Christian television to be great entertainment. Shot entirely on location in Southern Indiana and Austin, Texas, Paradise Recovered attempts a modern-day retelling of the parable of the Good Samaritan while addressing the important topics of faith, tolerance, and spiritual abuse in modern culture. Written by
[Esther has been explaining her believes - which include the religious avoidence of foods coming from pigs such as hotdogs and, because of geletin, marshmellows - and her expections for the afterlife]
There's paradise for Jesus and the elect, and a lake of fire for Satan and his demons to burn up in.
Satan, demons, and... imbibers of certain confectioneries.
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One animal was saved during the making of this film. Little Blue "Wildcat" Garcia. See more »
Here's a piece of work that really gets at the heart of what it means to have faith. In whom do you place your faith? A supreme being? A book? A church? A minister? This film is an intelligent, well-told and well-acted dramatization of a young woman's struggle to go against what she has been told and think for herself. If you have lived in a small American town you have encountered the kinds of people this film depicts; you will recognize both their sincerity and their cruelty. And maybe you will think about how some people wield power, and how others can go through life without ever questioning their submission.
One tangential remark: there's a lot of discussion about how the film is a modern-day retelling of the Good Samaritan parable. It isn't really. Google that parable, read the details about what the story meant in Jesus' time, and you'll see why. But the dissimilarity doesn't detract from this film.
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