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This movie kind of sucked me in. I've seen "The Girl Next Door" and "An American Crime" and this film is definitely along those lines. The film isn't as tight and structured as it could have been but is effective none the less.
We're told the story through the journal of one of the abused children, the youngest one I believe. This approach to the narrative is standard enough until we sadly see her turn from an innocent witness of the abuse to an unwilling participant. That hurt! It tells about how one family is sucked into a sea of despair, pain and hopelessness as the matriarch slowly loses her mind. In between her binge drinking and spewing hate about her husband she finds time to distort the Bible's messages into a sadistic excuse to lay waste to her offspring in all ways possible. Her hypocrisy regarding her children is unimaginable. She prostitutes her oldest daughters out (to what has to be the most realistically portrayed pervert ever) and turns her only son into a sort of mindless enforcer all the while ranting that children should always obey their parents no matter what. She does such a good job in fact that she actually makes one daughter believe God is evil, her god at least. We learn the mother was also a victim of child sexual abuse herself, but this story almost makes me wish she killed herself and saved her family from the hell they would go through.
On another note, the Cowboy Prophet who seems to be in cahoots with mother is a very interesting character indeed.Read more ›
But this is still an amazing movie. It is brutal and stunning in the fact that people really do this.
Bondage is more powerful in a psychological sense for children, and we wonder why they don't try harder to fight it. **(possible spoiler): The ones who do fight get the worst abuse, as we see here.
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Horrible movie. Bad acting. I did think would be more close to a real event, but I was very disappointed. I would send it back, if I could.Published 13 months ago by Sandra B