DoubtDVD - 2009
1964, St. Nicholas in the Bronx. Father Flynn is a charismatic priest who is trying to upend the schools' strict customs, which have long been fiercely guarded by Sister Aloysius Beauvier. The Sister is the iron-gloved principal who believes in the power of fear and discipline. With the winds of political change, the school has just accepted its first black student, Donald Miller. But when Sister James shares with Sister Aloysius her suspicion that Father Flynn is paying too much personal attention to Donald, Sister Aloysius sets off on a personal crusade to unearth the truth and to expunge Flynn from the school. Now, without any proof, besides her moral certainty, Sister Aloysius locks into a battle of wills with Father Flynn. This threatens to tear apart the community with its irrevocable consequence.
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Sexual Content: Nothing is shown, but it deals with subject matter that younger children may not understand, or should not understand yet
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Father Brendan Flynn: Doubt can be a bond as powerful and sustaining as certainty. When you are lost, you are not alone.
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Set in a Catholic school in the 1960’s, this movie deals with the abhorrent subject of sexual abuse amid the Catholic Church.
Different reactions are depicted especially from the victim’s mother and some of the nun’s naiveté in the face of what is happening even when it becomes seemingly evident.
The words “sexual abuse” are cleverly never uttered throughout the movie, instead subtle implications and increasing blatant insinuations are played out as the movie evolves.
Uncommon and contentious subject matter make this movie different from the usual run of the mill movies out there these days. Good actors and enough suspense to keep your interest throughout the film until the very end.