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Courageous and provocative
I was given the tremendous honour of previewing this film. This is a piece of work that I have patiently been waiting 2+ years to see, and I was not disappointed in any way. Ms. McGuire has written, and Mr. Degus has delivered, a contemporary sketch of humanity stripped down to the essentials.
This is a story of two men and one woman, fending for themselves in the aftermath of significant terrorist attacks on major cities in the US. The viewer voyeuristically watches the layers of humanity peel back. The sense of entitlement gives way to desperation for basic human needs.
It's an unsettling concept to consider ourselves becoming refugees of sorts...so much so, the average person refuses to even entertain such an idea. This film provokes those thoughts...just how far would you go?
While the suggestion was being made, the lesson being learned, I was thoroughly entertained by the fierce and intense performances of this trio of actors. They bled their roles. On so many levels and at different times you loved and hated each character. Their ability to evoke those emotions is a testament to the performers' deep-seated talents, and the skill of their director to elicit that intensity from each actor for their character.
The setting, simple yet sufficient, was the fourth character. It leant much to the tale at hand, at times becoming more important than the people inhabiting it. The music was the fifth and most poignant character, drawing out the passion of the subject matter in a very subtle manner.
9/Tenths cannot be categorized as a "feel good" movie. Yet it's an important story portrayed in a bold, skillful and artistic manner. I highly recommend this film.
Mianne Tripp, RN
The Body (2001)
Can you imagine if we found proof that Christ's Resurrection never happened?
The premise behind this movie, that we might find physical proof that Jesus never really rose from the dead, was a mind-blowing thought for me. This movie covered all of the angst one might feel if such a finding were to occur. Antonio Banderas is excellent as a priest-researcher sent by the Vatican to explore the findings...and possibly squelch their existence to save the future of the Church. Olivia Williams gives an outstanding performance as an Israeli archaeologist who thinks she may have uncovered the greatest find in the history of mankind. This movie has intrigue, action, and thought-provoking subject matter. A must-see for Christians and non-Christians alike.