This is the first critical feature length movie about Scientology. Several ex-Scientologists helped write the film, and it includes actual Scientology materials. See more »
When the woman questioning her faith in Scientology is reading the numbered list of cleaning guidelines on the storage closet, you can see that there is a number jump from 6 to 8, skipping 7. Considering the cleanliness and organization of the group (as is presented in this film), an error like that would unlikely go unnoticed. See more »
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Being something of an anti-Scientology nut who would like to see that organization go away, I was eager to view this film. The only views I've been able to score have been very grainy and not available for download (I understand the 'church' is responsible for vexing any attempts at allowing access).
The film itself is a bit bland and the acting shaky, but evidently this has ironically boosted the film's popularity as many ex-scientologists have confirmed the church itself is full of bland existence and very bad acting.
The story line follows a young girl initiate, her immediate supervisor, and the father of another church member who commits suicide. "Dianne", played by Carol Smith, portrays a somewhat dull and unquestioning volunteer who is gradually wooed from her job in the outside world to become a full time slave to her Local Org, supervised by an older man (Bill Baker), in exchange for more training materials. Dianne's supervisor is an odd man, mechanically praising her for her efforts and then suddenly chastising Dianne's innocent mistakes. At one point in the film, Dianne is about to open a forbidden door, behind of which is a 'fully staffed office' for L. Ron Hubbard's return (He's been dead since 1986).
Her supervisor chides Dianne, "Oh, no, no, no. No one ever goes in there..."
The side plot involves the father of a church member (Tom Padgett), who discovers his daughter has jumped to her death while in church supervision, and would like some answers surrounding his daughter's demise.
I will reveal no more, only to say it is surprising, based on the film's overall content, that the church of Scientology would be so upset about this film. While it does contain some creepy moments and dark surprises, it is hardly scandalous or a hard-hitting expose' on what has been labeled 'the most dangerous cult in America'.
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