A Question Of Faith YIFY
A Question Of Faith YIFY
This movie shouldn't be judged by being a "Christian" movie. It's a realistic and current to what's happening today. Even if you don't pray or believe in a specific God. Everyone questions why are we here What is our purpose in life It's faith, and things happen for a reason. The movie left me feeling satisfied, grateful and at peace. It's a beautiful movie that touches your heart.
... because you have all of the elements of an Oscar nominee there. There is a crisis of faith, a clash of logic versus faith, an extremely childlike woman accused of a most horribile crime, and fine acting, and a release date at the end of the year 1985, when the Academy tends to be paying attention. Problem is that the script really fails to tie anything together.Agnes (Meg Tilly) is a young childlike nun who, in spite of her seeming innocence, has given birth to a baby with the newborn found dead in the waste basket in her room, seemingly murdered by Agnes. Psychiatrist Martha Livingston (Jane Fonda) is tasked by the court to interview Agnes and determine if she is fit to stand trial. She finds resistance in Mother Miriam (Ann Bancroft), who believes the baby was divinely conceived.Livingston does more than just interview Agnes, as that wouldn't be a very engaging film. She turns in to the Canadian Columbo and unearths some unexpected details in the process that really have nothing to do with Agnes' fitness for trial. Livingston has long sense lost her faith, worn down by life, and by a mother who is in the throes of dementia and doesn't even know who she is. She is also dedicated to science, so this divine conception mumbo jumbo she is just not buying.It is weird when Agnes becomes hysterical and then demonstrates the stigmata. But then I had an anti-vaxxer colleague once who had hysterical chickenpox after I told her I had a shingles shot. She had already had chickenpox as a child. Had I not told her about the shingles shot would she have broken out in hives If Agnes had not known about the stigmata would she have demonstrated this phenomenonThe reason I have a spoiler warning on this review is, after the plot goes in circles longer than I had patience with it, and demonstrates more secret passage ways in the convent than a medieval torture chamber, the cause of the baby's birth is revealed to be exactly what you'd expect it to be. Some peasant boy romancing Agnes, bedding Agnes - perhaps raping her, with the result being pregnancy. Agnes just wasn't knowledgeable enough about the facts of life to know what happened to her. Why some people keep saying that the cause of her pregnancy is left unresolved I have no idea.I give it five stars as a fine demonstration of the acting craft.
The rustic Montreal suburb setting adds a sense of mystery and awe inspiring spiritual power as court appointed psychiatrist Jane Fonda questions the alleged baby killing nun Meg Tilly over a horrific crime. Mother Superior Anne Bancroft is seemingly supportive, but she has her secrets too, slowly revealed through intimate conversations with Fonda whose faith has dwindled down to nonexistent years before.The Broadway play this was based on was a masterpiece of stage drama, and in opening up the play to film has not improved its power, just made it more accessible to audiences. The three ladies are all superb, creating characterizations that will stick in the viewer's minds long after the film is done. Tilly is fragile, nearly child like, obviously suffering from a potential complete mental collapse, and at times, she is heartbreaking to watch. There's no soul visible through her pale skin and empty eyes which thanks to the photography and lighting, adds to her look which makes her mystery all the more compelling.The two veteran Oscar winning actresses, Bancroft and Fonda, are commanding together, each individually creating characters that are powerfully written and pain stakeingly developed. With Fonda, it's easy to see that she's acting, never at one moment making you forget who she is as a star and actress. But Bancroft disappears into the role of the Mother Superior so tightly that you really believe that she is her character, and her conflicted belief system as it is revealed makes her all the more powerful to watch.It's the small quiet moments between Fonda and Bancroft that stand out, even though the more fiery ones are intensely gripping. Bancroft is alternately funny, compassionate, sarcastic, judgmental and stern, and watching her switch from one mood to another without batting an eyelash is sensational. No wonder she got the leading actress nomination for this, and it is a difficult choice between her and the actual winner, Geraldine Page, who ironically originated this role on Broadway.The direction of the legendary Norman Jewison keeps this moving at a tight and tense pace, and in editing the play down to 96 minutes, it has compacted what could have otherwise seemed to Stage a or melodramatic into something more intimate and compelling. Obviously the right choices were made in transferring this from stage to screen, and 35 years later that makes this one of the most powerful film adoptions of a hit Broadway play ever.
The greatest thing about Sigourney Weaver and the rest of the cast members who played members of the Griffith family is that in making Prayers For Bobby they did not succumb to the temptation of making a caricature of their character. It's been done before, it would have been so easy, the religious right gives you so much material.But the Griffith family Harry Czerny, Sigourney Weaver and their children aren't bad people. All they have done is sit back quite comfortably on the assurance of their faith that GLBT people are not quite normal, they are afflicted with some deadly mind disease that God does not approve of. And there a lot of people who will go to their graves thinking that, though the amount shrinks as time goes on.You can have a lot of smug assumptions until the problem hits home with you. Which is what happens to the Griffith family when young Ryan Kelley as Bobby Griffith comes out to his brother who promptly rats him out to his mother. After that its the attempts to search for a cure or as writer Wayne Besen has so aptly put it, 'pray the gay away'. I've known a lot of people who were survivors of such colossal ignorance as preached by the religious right. Here in my native Buffalo, I know one young man who moved here two years ago and he grew up in the Assemblies of God Church. It took him a long time to break free and realize his self worth, but his is a lot happier a story than what happens to Mary Griffith and her son.Another man whom I had a relationship with back in New York when I lived there was a survivor of electroshock treatment. It was thought that would cure him by his parents who were from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. It was this or kick him out of the house and disown him which is what eventually happened. I'm sure they thought they were doing the best for their kid.When I worked at Crime Victims Board I had a mugging case of a young kid in Central Park. But what had happened to him was that he had come out to his enlightened parents and they threw him out of the house. This was not a street smart kid, he lived on the upper east side of Manhattan and went to prep school. He was staying in Central Park that night and got mugged and I got the case from a shelter in New York. I know his plans were to go to a girl's house he knew where her parents were more accepting eventually. I never did find out if he made it.I can tell you first hand that the Griffith experience is far from an isolated one. Gay/Lesbian/BiSexual/Transgender youth are far more at risk for suicide than their straight peers. But what makes the Griffith story unique is how they and especially Mary Griffith took a mind numbing tragedy and turned it into a position of advocacy for those who too often don't get it. That is the challenge that Sigourney Weaver in her performance shows that Mary Griffith and her family met and overcame.Sigourney's final speech before her small town council advocating plans for a Gay Pride Day will move all of you. It might even cause some on the religious right to question their smug assumptions about us. That is my prayer for Bobby.And this film review is dedicated to all of the case examples I knew from my professional and personal life and to one other. A young lady from Warsaw, New York who had the courage to break from her fundamentalist family and seek love and acceptance in a wider more tolerant place on this globe. I wish I had her guts when I was a teen.
Pastor DAVID NEWMAN is a loving husband and father, set to take over his father's church while neglecting the promises he's made to his twelve year old son, ERIC. KATE HERNANDEZ is a spiritually driven single-parent and owner of a local restaurant. Her daughter MARIA is a free spirited teenager aspiring to be the first in her family to go to college. JOHN DANIELSON is the owner of a failing construction company, who sees his daughter MICHELLE's fledgling singing career as a way out of financial trouble.The lives of these strangers collide when two twists of fate strike back to back. The first: while texting and driving in her car, Maria accidentally hits Eric, which lands Maria in jail and leaves Eric's family in an unthinkable dilemma. The second: while auditioning for a major record label, Michelle collapses, leading to a discovery about her health which rocks the very foundation of her father's dream. All three families find themselves at a crossroads, questioning their faith and the higher power that guides their lives. As each family member deals with their issues, their worlds start to intertwine. This leads to a chain of events which unknowingly brings the three families closer and closer together. Will the families give in to the loss, pain and uncertainty that has shattered their lives or will they find the tie that binds them all together through hope, trust, redemption and goodwill 59ce067264