A faith based thriller about Sara, a high school loner who believes she has visions of Joan Of Arc. Meanwhile, dark rebel Alec desires Sarah for himself, viewing her proud virginity as a prize conquest.
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This film has a very intense, mysterious plot with a lot of suspense. I liked it, but I'm not sure how to describe it. Sarah and Christopher pledge their love to each other as young teenagers, then Christopher is gone. Sarah, whose hero is Joan of Arc and has visions, wants to remain true to the promise she and Christopher made to one another. Sarah has a very disturbed mother and she tries hard not to be like her in any way, and seeks spiritual guidance from a priest even though she is not Catholic. There are evil influences and distractions and temptations along the way. This film almost seemed allegorical with Sarah as the Church and Christopher as the Christ in how she attempts to stay faithful even when she has no sign Christopher will ever return. The ending is a surprise with scenes that can easily be interpreted with double meanings. On the negative side, some scenes don't flow well, such as the group of teenagers talking about taking a purity pledge and then Sarah and another girl sitting in a hall--it seems something is missing in between. And there is a very violent series of events at night, but it's so dark in the scenes it's difficult to tell what is happening. It's also never quite clear why the grandmother sits and stares and has no reactions to Sarah talking to her. Other than those minor flaws, it is a good movie and the acting is very well done. I especially liked the acting of Sarah in the school play. All in all, I would recommend this film to anyone who would like to see an unusual film with strong Christian messages.
This is a tale of two young people coming of age, one of who is growing up surrounded by spiritual experiences neither understood or requested, and another who is intrigued by this first person. They meet and form a young love for each other. They come to realize that their affection for each other cannot be complete at this time in their lives, so they pledge to remain pure and committed to each other until the reach an age at which they can fulfill their commitment. Shortly thereafter, circumstances separate them, and their best efforts to stay in touch eventually fail.
This innocent commitment is set in contrast to a culture that not only does not support this value, but provides redicule and isolation, and even physical abuse for those who have chosen to stand apart. The movie present a picture where those who would be the one's defending their children's virtue compromising by saying it's okay to be part of the culture, as long as you stay "safe," and the effects of such disengagement. You see comparisons between this relationship with a few others who have tried to support each other in swimming against the social tide, but you see an example that suggests that they, too, fall in this culture. A constant underlying theme is a portrayal of underlying spiritual battles taking place, incompletely understood by the participants and revealed through visions, Biblical passages, religious events and ceremonies, both good and evil.
A caution to some viewers would be about some of the themes in the movie: abuse and manipulation, drug and alcohol use and physical violence (including firearms and explosives) are depicted in the tale, and some "street language" is included, which may place a lower limit on age appropriateness. I would recommend a preview to see if you consider it appropriate for your younger teens. From the Christian perspective, positive uses of the Word of God and helpful spiritual advisors are set against some of the more divisive issues may be the depictions of mysticism and spirituality. This issue should be approached with care as the differences in belief in this area can be substantial, and have in fact caused fellowships to separate on it. If you are not comfortable with the question of whether Christians should have intuitive insights, be drawn into trances, or actively pursue spiritual guidance, then this movie will likely trouble you. It also includes some mystical elements and ceremonies that are peculiar to Catholic beliefs, which may challenge some as well. Another point of concern might be around how the young couple expresses their affections toward each other, which some raise questions in some younger viewers.
Overall, the movie asks and attempts to answer a few important questions faced by our young people today: Is it possible to truly remain pure in todays world? Are virtues really worth the bother? Why shouldn't you do what everyone else seems to be encouraging you to do, contrary to your beliefs? Is spirituality and religion still as relevant today as it was in ages long ago? Is it possible to keep a promise on based on faith despite an uncertain future? It is also a love story cast in the way of many fairy tales, with the protagonists believing and pursuing "happily every after" and aided by supernatural forces, despite great odds and adversity. Recommended for discerning audiences.
It did not interest us enough to keep watching. The quality of the picture was not good and very unfocused. Decided to shut it off and watch something else. It was put together like a B- rated movie at best.
This movie is one that will require you to know who Joan of Arc is, so I did have to provide background info to my teenaged grandchildren who watched this with me, but they found the storyline and action every bit as intriguing as I did. On one hand I did have to explain some of the symbolism to them, but I do believe they would have enjoyed it just as much without my need to turn movies into teachable moments. I thought the acting was very good and the story was one that unfolded at a nice pace. I found it to be one that not only spoke to a relevant issue for today's teens, but also presented a beautiful allegory to those of us who are Christians. Frankly, I have watched it several times, and I enjoy it more with each viewing. It certainly is a very thought-provoking film and one that I would recommend to others.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 18, 2008
Sara (Sara Simmonds) is a goth high school student, who has visions and hears voices (whom she thinks is Joan of Ark speaking to her), is waiting for her first love to return to claim her hand and her virginity. Her virginity becomes the object of a contest between two of the boys, Dave (Jake McDorman) and Alec (Matt Vodvarka), at the school. Will her true love return to save her before it's all too late, and do we care?
This film was a great disappointment to me and here why.
The characters are so flat that calling them one dimensional is being generous. The acting is so poor that you don't care what happens to them, or if true love finds itself.
The direction leave a lot to be desired too.
The script is too dire for words, a few editorial changes might have helped, but not that much.
The whole film leaves you with a cold, disinterested feeling - and it's supposed to be a love conquers all type story.
I know that this review sounds harsh, especially as I try to find something good to say about the things I review, but, unfortunately, I can not find anything that is redeemable about this film. Even the jacket looks like a cheap knock off photocopy. Sorry, one star for the effort and that's it.
CE PRODUIT EST LA MÊME IDENTIFICATION COMME SWORD OF LANCELOT. VOUS ÉCRIVEZ QU'IL Y A LA LANGUE FRANÇAISE, ALORS QUE CE FILM EST UNIQUEMENT EN ANGLAIS.J'ACHÈTE LES FILMS EN LANGUE FRANÇAISE UNIQUEMENT, ALORS QU'IL EST UNIQUEMENT EN ANGLAIS. EST-CE UNE ERREUR ? JE NE SAIS PAS, MAIS POUR LE RETOURNER C'EST TROP DISPENDIEUX, ALORS IL FAUT FAIRE AVEC.
THIS PRODUCT IS ONLY IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE . I BOUT HTE SPECIAL MOVIE LIKE THIS BECAUSE A LANGUAGE. FOR ME WHEN IT'S WRIITEN FRENCH LANGUAGE, I BOUGHT IT. LIKE THE MOVIE « SWORD'S OF LANCELOT » IS ONLY IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE. PLEASE CHECK THE MOVIE LANGUAGE BEFOR WRITE IT OR MAY IT'S A MISTAKE. PLEASE WRITE ME BACK AMAZON. tHANK YOU