Saturday, September 25, 2010

NC-17 for "doubt"

i think there should be an emotional rating for some movies.  take
"doubt", for instance.  that story was laced with so many disturbing
themes, it kept me up for nights.  (i slept like a baby after all the
"final destination" movies.)

here's what ate at me the most.  though we were supposed to hate
the critical sister, she was probably correct with her suspicion that
the catholic priest was a pedophile.  my anguish stemmed from the
witch hunt after his charming and sympathetic character.

the dilemma increased when he displayed some arrogant and
condescending tendencies.  "wait!  i thought i was supposed to
like him!"  the judgmental sister was harsh and conniving, on one
hand, but surprisingly perceptive and sensitive, on the other.

oh, the twists and turns.

when  the poor mother was informed that her son was probably in
an unhealthy relationship with the catholic father,  she thought that
was better than getting a beating from his own father.

aaaaaaargh!  by the end of this movie, i felt as terrible as the old,
mean sister looked.


"therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves."
matthew 10:16b


Anonymous said...

Lea! You aren't following my blog?! :) Do you know Shelby Rice?? I think you do...she is..who is she? ;)

High Heeled Life said...

I have yet to watch this movie .. though it does sit among our DVD collection..

Interesting that the boys mother would feel one eveil is better than another evil instead of protecting the boy from all evils.. XO HHL

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Yea...that movie made my skin crawl without seeing it! There has been sexual abuse in our family and I wasn't interested in seeing it on screen...too close to home!

Jenny Schouten Short said...

For movies like that audiences should be told of the nature. I didn't see it because it looked bad to me. I worked with children of sexual abuse in an alternative school and that was enough. I still have nightmares from teaching there for seven years. It is not a topic to glamorize in any way.

Farm Girl said...

I cannot stand anything where a child is a victim. I will have night mares and be depressed for days. I read about that movie and I just didn't like where it was going. Do you have Final Destination movies going on in your head when you go down the freeway?

MTJ said...

Hi Lea,

This is my first visit to your blog and (alas) I've never seen this movie. I'm familiar with Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Viola Davis, and Amy Adams, having seen them in other roles. One of the things I'm learning about writing is that readers are drawn to characters who are flawed; they may be sympathetic or detestable but they grab our attention.

Thanks so much for leaving a comment on my blog.

Blessings and peace.


Blondie's Journal said...

I'm not sure I want to see the movie. I prefer lighter stuff...

Thanks for the review!


Sandy said...

Just reading about a movie
like that makes me certain
I do not want to see it.
Hollywood glamorizes things
that certainly should not
be glamorized!

Single and Sane said...

I was tempted to see "Doubt" largely because Meryl Streep is so good in everything she does, but I decided a long time ago that I want books and movies to entertain me and provide escape. "Doubt" didn't look like it would qualify. ;-)

Anonymous said...

Unless! You are Shelby Rice. Cuz you follow my other blog too and it also says Shelby Rice...hmmm :)

myletterstoemily said...

emily! you are such a hoot! i am, and
always have been "lea." my daughter
is shelby.

Rattus Scribus said...

Hi Lea

Anita and I have not seen this film, though anything with Meryl Streep immediately sparks my interest. I have seen movies with these themes, but only based on recommendations from friends that the film makers give viewers all the impression they need to get the point without collapsing into torture porn.

Thanks for your comments on my post. The drawings were a tool for the point: Heroes don't have to be super. But they were fun to draw. You may be seeing a certain silly rat don on the cape in the near future.


Sonja said...

I didn't see it... your description is proof that I didn't miss anything! See... all those nights I slept like a baby cuz I didn't see this one... :)

Lisa said...

That was a mind blower! I thought the older nun did what needed to be done despite so many restraints. Meryl was fabulous in the movie though...despite the horrific subject matter.

Matt @ The Church of No People said...

Hey Lea, thanks for commenting on my blog, even if you don't have a beef with the church! That's a good thing. I haven't seen Doubt, for exactly the reason you describe, but maybe I'll get over it and see it sometime. If I can ever do anything for you, let me know! Grace and peace.

Jo said...

I'm surprised that almost every one of your commenters here has not seen the movie "Doubt". I have seen it three times, and each time I saw it, I had a different take on it. But all three times, I felt that Father Flynn was innocent, strangely enough. I think we were left to make our own decisions. I felt Sister Aloysius had a "history" and perhaps she was seeing things that did not exist. She in fact had lied when she said she phoned a nun at Father Flynn's past school.

When I was eight years old, I was molested by a preacher in the United Church of Canada. I told my parents, and the preacher was shipped off to another church on the West Coast of Vancouver Island -- but that's all that happened to him.

It was too easy for the viewer to want to believe that Father Flynn was guilty, when in fact there was no evidence against him, except his kindness to a boy who was ~~ to all intents and purposes ~~ an outcast in an all-white school during the 1950s. However, after seeing the movie three times, the message I distilled from it was that in her pursuit of Father Flynn, Sister Aloysius broke the Ninth Commandment, "Thou shalt not bear false witness..." and she knew she did the wrong thing.

To put it simply ~~ "When in doubt ... don't."

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Lea! I have not seen this yet...I am not sure whether you recommend it or not...but thank you for visiting my blog today! I so enjoy dabbling in the fairy tale like world. Anita

myletterstoemily said...

jo, there is no 'doubt' you could be
right, which is why the movie is at
the same time brilliant and haunting.

Joan Elizabeth said...

I haven't seen the movie yet. Might add it to my view while commuting list.

{Jodie} said...

Hmmm, sounds like just the kind of movie to rattle my cage. I don't usually like when that happens. But then again, that doesn't make it bad. I may watch it... but I think I'll have to muster some courage first. That may take a while.

Anonymous said...

:0 Still no Lea! (gasp) ha!

Country Girl said...

Thanks for the heads up. I don't enjoy watching movies that make me feel that way.

Rebecca said...

Saw the movie and it disturbed me as well. It was creepy. What disturbs me MORE than the movie is that I know in my heart the abuse depicted happens all the time. That is what keeps me up at night...

Love to you Lea. I'm glad you like your Signs. I'm finally back working on new product after finishing up 36 special order pillows!!!!! I don't want to make another pillow for a long, long time! ahahha


Anonymous said...

Lea, I think that you stopped on both blogs..and then signed up as Shelby!!

myletterstoemily said...

emily, you're probably right. sorry.
and well done, sherlock!

Rosie said...

Oh Lea, I too was unhappy after watching this disturbing movie...I must admit I do enjoy a twisted flick now and again, but my skin was crawling after this was not on my top 10.
but now onto more pointed Q&A...
Lea, Lea, wherever have you been...have you been to London to visit the queen?...tell me of your travels.
I must tell you Sunday sounds beautiful in the ladies are blessed by her angelic melody...and this just makes me smile...thank you dear Rosie

Anonymous said...

Thanks...I think!

Beautiful pear tree lane said...

Thanks for this info, Lea, I haven't seen this movie, and after reading your review, I think I don't want to. Just call me chicken, I mostly watch movies that are uplifting. I don't take abuse of children very well, there is so much of it in real life now.
Thank you for coming by and for taking the time to comment, I am so thankful.

Vee said...

Thank you for sharing enough to let me know that I don't need to see this one. When the "good" guy turns out to be the bad guy and the twisted character turns out to be the most perceptive one...well, it smacks and makes me wonder what devilish agenda the writer and director have. Just call me highly suspicious. And I hate it when most characters who espouse any faith are the creepy crawly ones. Yes, absolutely call me highly suspicious.

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

... I don't know about this film... I do know that I want to wish you a HAPPY Sunday, sweet Lea and a wonderful new week! xxx

myletterstoemily said...

vee, THAT is my desire for a tough
rating. :)

Rosie said...

Good Morning my dear friend,
Thank you so very much for your concern. Lizzy is doing fine now and has not experienced any more fainting spells...Her teeth were quite damaged in the fall but that has been looked after too. We will all get to visit this weekend {at a family wedding} so, am truly over the moon.
I am so sorry to hear of YOUR daughters suffering...BUGS...I HATE BUGS!!! What can be done for her? Oh as moms, we want to fix everything...this long distance motherhood gig, is NOT easy...I shall be praying for relief for your dear daughter, and her family as well.
Well Lea, it is time to pull out Mr. Clean and all his buddies, and do a little house work...Again, thank you your visit...I miss the days of enjoying "daily cuppas" with all my sweet peeps here in blog land. Christmas "sparklies" are arriving, and we are pricing like CrAzY women, so we can meet our decorating deadline{the last week in October}...
Wishing you a Wonder~filled Tuesday Dearest....Love ~R~

Joan Elizabeth said...

This was a rewarding movie, because I like ones that leave me thinking. There is a risk in trusting intuition. On the other hand abusers can be very persuasive and cover their tracks well. As my husband always reminds me everyone has the right to their day in court -- innocent until proven guilty. But what if the hierarchy would prefer to sweep an accusation under the carpet rather than have that day? And as for the feather pillow, what a great reminder of what unfounded gossip can do.