Jessica’s extraordinarily strong will and heart enables her to rebel against her fanatical, cult-like upbringing. From seven to seventeen Jess is brainwashed to be one of the ‘saved’, to devote her life to Jesus, to follow the discriminatory teachings of Pastor Finch and his understanding of Revelations. As her warm personality dictates she succeeds in fitting into this regime and spreads the word of Jesus in a fairly content manner. But when her friendship with Melanie develops into something a little more ‘unnatural’ she easily realizes the error of the Pastors teachings. The girls are subjected to terrible treatment to convince them to repent.Read More »
Beeban Kidron – Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (1990)
Terence Davies – Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988)
The film, depicting life in working-class Liverpool from the 1940s into the 50s, is already a modern classic.
Now that Eileen, Maisie, and Tony are adults, their childhood memories – and in particular those associated with their father – are inconsistent. While Eileen clings to happier times, her siblings remember his brutal violent nature, which has been a major influence on their growth and development. This troubled family must deal with the day-to-day alongside their past. Terence Davies creates a loving portrait with this partly autobiographical tale (shot in two sections), and it was voted one of the greatest British films by Sight & Sound.Read More »