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|Acts of Worship|
Actors: Ana Reeder, Michael Hyatt
This focuses on the relationship between alix a young homeless addict and digna a successful photographer in manhattans lower eastside. When digna discovers alix unconcious on the stairs of her building she steps in and of... more »
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Wendy H. (grandma) from DELPHOS, OH
Reviewed on 3/24/2011...
Excellent movie. Tragic but true.
A. Bridges | 01/13/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am going to a class for drug and alcohol abuse.
This film was shown, and it had the whole class quite.
Even the men in the class stayed and talked after the
film,which most the time is not the case. I remembered
the day my daughter and I talked on the phone, she
was out of her mind after a two day binge on x and I don't
know what esle. I am thankful, that was a day of change
for her life. I think this is a great film to share with
your teenage children, let them see the affects of drugs.
I felt as if I were living in the shoes of a young woman
addicted to drugs. Thank you for supporting independent
films, if there was an Oscar for Life Changing films
I am sure this would be a winner."
So utterly convincing...
PolarisDiB | Southwest, USA | 12/14/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The storyline is the type of thing you find on a Lifetime Network Special or a straight-to-television movie trying to warn about the dangers of drug addiction, but this movie goes so far beyond that. It's not like it adds zany warped realities like Requiem for a Dream or it has some sort of narration keeping the audience completely informed that "this is what you should fear to be", it does everything so much simpler than that: It sits back and lets the actors eat the audience's collective heart out.
The drama in this film is SO UTTERLY CONVINCING. The performances get first prize for portrayals that, even when you want to try and find something wrong with it (I'm guessing this film might be considered too sentimental by some), keep the drama serious and prominent, not allowing the audience to let go of their suspension of disbelief. If it wasn't for the production quality, it would seem like this was a documentary and these were real people. And it's not just Ana and Michael, the two main characters, it's everyone, from the boyfriends to the crack addicts that have two seconds of screen time to everyone.
Secondly, the cinematography and editing are very well tuned to excellence. This movie definitely has the feel of an independent film, but more than that it doesn't have that "Look at me, I'm independent!" feel. Skewed angles and purposeful jump cuts exist stylistically in the film, but they come at the right times and are completely necessary, versus what tends to happen in a lot of independent cinema where the camera becomes relatively self-conscious and goes places it needn't. For example, the hand-held quality of this film is almost invisible, while some independent films tend to show off their independence via hand-held in a wannabe cinema-verite sort of conceit.
It's disappointing that I haven't heard anything about this film before. I literally picked it up because it was the first movie on the first row of the first aisle to rent because I wanted to surprise myself, and whadyaknow but it happened to be a real gem! I hope it builds a bigger audience because it deserves to be recognized.
Sean Stark | Denver, CO United States | 10/12/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"First of all, this isn't a big budget film. It's not striving for Oscars or any of the other Hollywood fodder. It's an honest film about one woman's hell of addiction. Secondly, if you are looking for a happy, feel good, life-is-so-wonderful movie, blow smoke up yer a** movie, look elsewhere.
Having said that....
This is a very powerful film. Afterwards I felt a lot of different things, but the most prevalent was thankfulness. You see, I came out of this life myself 10 years ago and believe it or not, I forgot just how fortunate I am to be alive and to have survived countless life threatening experiences. At the end I found myself, a grown man, crying like a baby because I was so moved personally and just by the film itself as a whole. As dark as the film was at times, there was many touches of compassion and glimpse of the human spirit just trying to survive and figure it all out.
I highly recommend this film if you want to watch something that will open your eyes to the world around you and have a greater understanding of what it's like to live in the abyss of drug addcition. Hopefully after watching the film you wll have a greater appreciation for life itself."