Oh man! What a GREAT movie! I was given the opportunity to review The Shunning which is based off the Beverly Lewis book by the same name. I had no girlfriends to watch this one with but I popped it in my computer and put on the headphones.
I hesitate to give away the plot. The title basically says what happens. A young woman is shunned from her community. How she gets there, the plot and the acting are genuine and keep you on the edge of your seat. I really felt for the main character, Katie Lapp as she struggled with who God made her to be and what her community demanded from it's members. Honestly, although I don't know if this is close to what Amish life is really like, I do know that it is a struggle for many Christians. There are man made rules and God's grace. I mean no disrespect to the Amish when I say this but I wonder how many of us have been shunned by those in the Christian community or outside for one reason or another. I guess I hope I give grace and get it as much as possible. And some characters do that in The Shunning as well. It was a wonderful film full of struggles that I think we all have to some degree if not by the name of shunned.
The acting was wonderful. I do not know any Amish people to compare to but I thought the accents were real. The movie is clean and family oriented although the topic would be somewhat heady for younger folks. It is rated G and closed captioned.
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Here is the trailer:
Ok for the downside.. at the end, I wanted moooorrreee!! What happens next? There were several unanswered questions. I thought there HAS to be a sequel! And yes indeed... there is..in book form. Although I received this DVD free of charge for my review, I will be buying the entire trilogy of these books. I actually think I just gave away a few of her books that my neighbor gave me because I thought I'd never get to them. Guess I will have to buy them for the Kindle. I do hope they make a sequel to the movie as well.
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