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In God's Country (2007)

TV-PG | | Drama | TV Movie 11 June 2007
In a largely self-contained and secretive polygamist community where the belief is that a man marrying multiple women and having as many children as humanly possible ensures passage into ... See full summary »

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John L'Ecuyer

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Dennis Foon (story editor), Peter Behrens (story) | 2 more credits »
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Kelly Rowan ... Judith Leavitt
Richard Burgi ... Josiah Leavitt
Martha MacIsaac ... Charlotte Joseph
Hannah Lochner ... Alice Levitt
Stephen Suckling Stephen Suckling ... Mark Levitt
Kate Mackenzie Kate Mackenzie ... Kate Levitt
Tyler Stevenson Tyler Stevenson ... Michael Levitt
Kristopher Turner ... Jamie Coyle
Marc Strange Marc Strange ... The Prophet
Peter Outerbridge ... Officer Wayne
Lynda Boyd ... Louise
Catherine Disher ... Eileen
Melody A. Johnson Melody A. Johnson ... Pearl
Bill Lake ... Thomas
Mac Fyfe ... Nephi
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In a largely self-contained and secretive polygamist community where the belief is that a man marrying multiple women and having as many children as humanly possible ensures passage into heaven which in turn means that the older men with status often choose underage girls to bore those multiple children, Judith Leavitt, a third generation member, is one of the junior wives of community leader, Bishop Josiah Leavitt. They have four children of their own, plus an older, sixteen year old Charlotte Joseph, being Judith's daughter from a previous marriage. Judith was forced to divorce her first husband, who she loved and who was excommunicated for considered to be a non-believer, to marry Josiah. Judith's secret status as Josiah's favorite wife takes a turn when she tries to take an action to protect their twelve year old daughter, Alice Leavitt. Josiah temporarily banishing Judith and the kids from the house to send her a message to obey or else leads to Judith deciding to make it ... Written by Huggo

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Drama

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Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 June 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Au nom de ma fille See more »

Filming Locations:

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

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1.78 : 1
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Judith Leavitt: You're not a god, Josiah! You can't control these women and children. You don't own our children and you don't own me!
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Hopeful but Unrealistic
1 October 2010 | by wilbur4See all my reviews

I liked the acting. I liked the character development. And for the most part the creation of what it's like behind closed doors of Mormon life, obviously researched. The moral drive behind the wife to escape was inspiring. She knew this was wrong (God says he writes on our hearts right/wrong). Very inspiring. She clearly knew the leaders of her Mormon religion were WRONG in their beliefs. And she had the courage to face the consequences of acting on what she knew to be right. Love that.

The drastic adjustments in hair/clothing/relating to men on the outside was obviously NOT well thought out. You can see the ignorance on the writer's part as if this woman rejected these aspects of conservative life. Fashion trends are absorbed by the eyes as one sees them repeatedly. This woman would not have immediately started wearing contemporary styles of hair/clothing. Just made the movie cheesy. Relating to men would have also been more conservative to this woman. A better movie would have created more realistic transitions here.

I liked the store clerk stepping up to help this woman. The land we live in is known for such kindnesses. I'm not thrilled with the DSS stepping up like that instead of directing her to some private organizations to help her, but it was okay I guess. Unrealistic, but okay. Life outside the complex would have been extreme culture shock for this woman, especially sending the kids to school. The woman said, "Your kids must go to school." Well, there is a much less traumatizing way to transition here. She could have home educated them, or anything else than herding them into public school, often a scary place to be.

A great movie to learn the inside scoop of Mormon polygamy. A bad movie to learn how to help these people come out.


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