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I was pulled into the story and was enthralled with it. The story is very heart-warming while being heart-breaking at the same time.
You will be drawn into two different worlds, Amish and English.
Katie found out she was adopted as a baby. Her whole world seems to be falling apart. She loves singing and playing her guitar, but Amish frown upon musical instruments and will only allow singing from their hymn books. What will she choose, what will she do?
The actors/actresses in The Shunning are wonderful. They played their parts exceptionally well. You know how some Christian films really lack in the acting abilities! Well that isn't the case with The Shunning. The casting is just superb.
In this DVD you will find such love, goodness and tenderness that it is unbelievable. I love the way the Amish family wants to keep everyone close and keep them from going astray. I'm really glad to have this DVD and highly recommend it. Another DVD every person should have in their library.
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How can a young beautiful girl who lusts for songs and guitar music marry an Amish Bishop? Is music from the heart to please God? So many conflicts between the English & Amish ways to face. Katie discovers a family secret prior to her nuptials and sets out to sample the English city "sin-style". She makes a larger decision that shames family and she ultimately is shunned. Shunning is a ban on association with a fallen member of the Amish faith. A most severe discipline; as the church members see her turning from the faith.
Absolutely beautiful country scenic film; with rural NC playing the set of Hickory Hollow, Lancaster Co. Eye-catching Danielle Panabaker (Katie) & Sandra W. Van Natta (Mom) are excellent in playing these two emotional roles.
This beautiful setting host any human struggle of opposites. Politics, race, gender, rich/poor, generational, conflicts are not unlike that of the movie "The Help" (you must see it). In "The Shunning" it happens to be a chosen way of non-worldly lifestyle that creates conflict. "The Shunning" is associated with AFFIRMfilms who also connect with the Christian film hit "Courageous." Another must see!
DVD does have SDH subtitles. Bonus is 4 minutes of deleted.
I also enjoyed the role of Ella Mae Zook (Nancy Saunders) who has the line "The miracle ain't the life you missed, but it's the life you've got."
I thought the daed and the mamm (in Pennsylvania Dutch :) were amazing actors! The main actress, too but she needs to love more like a "natural" Amish girl...ditch the make up (at least when you play the Amish part).
For those criticizing the end, don't be sad, this is a 3-part story :) So this is how the first book, The Shunning, ends :)
All in all a good movie but lacking something more Amish...can't define it really....but I am sure the next director can nail it down.
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