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I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the film. As you know, I thought it was one of the better films I saw last year.

The ending will, I think, divide the audience. I think I said I 'leaned toward' a positive response, but I can certainly understand why someone might lean the opposite way. I'd like to see it again.

I've seen it suggested that the final scene is a vision, like that earlier cosmic vision. I don't think so. I didn't think the ending was terrible. I'm not sure I'd even make an aesthetic argument against it. But somehow it failed to move me. My wife's reaction was the same.

I'd like to see it again, too. I'm a little sorry that I've already sealed up the Netflix envelope. Especially as I've checked and found that I could indeed have fixed the aspect ration problem in the TV.

It is at the top of my queue, but I probably won't get to watch it until after Easter.


When you do, I'll be interested in hearing what you think.

Me too.

I'm on the side of liking the ending. Powerful yet subtle movie. Ethan Hawke should have been nominated for Best Actor.

Well goodness, y'all, I'm going to have to do some cogitatin' on this one.

The beginning really did seem like a remake of Winter Light, and I am in the middle Country Priest, so that us definitely there.

Anyway, more later.


I'll be interested in hearing your view. Of course I've already lost many of the details that I would need in order to say anything very specific about it.

Besides WL and DoaCP, I kept seeing resemblances to Leviathan: those hulking ships in the water, the clergyman complicit with the businessman (politician in Leviathan).


I think Leviathan crossed my mind briefly, too, but I didn't think about the clergy-businessman connection. I don't think the megachurch guy as being wicked like the bishop in Leviathan. Just too worldly.

Well, he received a donation from the businessman.

Also, there were the references to Job.

When I get a minute, I will write more and there will be spoilers if anyone hasn't seen the movie who wants to.


Right, he was not innocent, but if I remember correctly the bishop in Leviathan was involved in real crime. IF I remember correctly. I know there was a real crime (or crimes) but am not sure now how closely involved the bishop was.

Now that I am on my computer instead of my phone, which doesn't happen often nowadays, I wanted to say something about the idea that the last scene is a vision. When I first read that, I immediately dismissed it, but the more I think about it, the more likely it seems.

I remember wondering why he was still pulling wires off of himself after he had already removed the vest, and taken off his shirt, and then almost immediately he was wrapping himself in the barbed wire, and I wondered, "Where the heck did that come from?"

Also, the idea that Mary would see him with blood on his chasuble and not question that is pretty implausible, as is the idea that he would embrace a pregnant woman with that barbed wire in between them.

It seems like there was something else, but now it has been several days since I thought of it and I can't remember.


I think I more or less wrote it off as "doesn't make sense." I can't remember it in that much detail now, of course. My apologies to the filmmaker if I totally missed his big statement. Though as I said earlier the fundamental problem for me was that I just didn't find it affecting.

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