It happens in a Catholic school after JFK assassination, a story about a pathologically severe principal played by Meryl Streep, who keeps the students and nuns under her thumb, engaging in a war against a parish priest played by Philip Seymour Hoffman, after suspecting him of abusing a black child, but the nature of confrontation is more of a power struggle between status and change, between infallibility and uncertainty.

The film is directed by John Patrick Shanley from his Pulitzer- and Tony-winning play, it is about the title word, doubt, in a world of certainty. Doubt. It is the subject of the sermon Father Flynn (the priest) opens the film with. Doubt was coming into the church and the United States in 1964. After the assassination of Kennedy and the beginnings of Vietnam, doubt had undermined American certainty in general.

I have never been to Catholic school, but the coldness and lack of humor was so familiar and I felt the long lost fear of school and authority once more, so real I could not breathe! Wow! What a performance. The declaration of war from the nun, the accusations and lies, the schemes and evil plans, as if I was watching a James Bond Movie!

LordVoldemort LordVoldemort
36-40, F
1 Response Feb 11, 2009

I recommend it, it was very good