segunda-feira, julho 25, 2005

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Stolen Summer. Deu ontem na televisão. Um filme de 2002 que é tocante e utiliza a religião de um modo interessante com mensagens subtis e bem conseguidas.

Realizador: Pete Jones
Aidan Quinn - Joe O'Malley
Bonnie Hunt - Margaret O'Malley
Kevin Pollak - Rabbi Jacobsen
Brian Dennehy - Father Kelly
Eddie Kaye Thomas - Thomas Patrick O'Malley
Adiel Stein - Pete O'Malley
Mike Weinberg - Danny Jacobse

Aidann Quinn é um bombeiro iletrado e católico irlandês, Kevin Pollack um rabino judeu com um filho com leucemia. Os seus destinos vão, estranhamente, aproximar-se.

Sinopse: Pete is an eight-year-old Catholic boy growing up in the suburbs of Chicago in the mid-'70s. Pete attends Catholic school, where as classes let out for the summer, he's admonished by a nun to follow the path of Lord, and not that of the Devil. Perhaps taking this message a bit too seriously, Pete decides it's his goal for the summer to help someone get into heaven; having been told that Catholicism is the only sure path to the kingdom of the Lord, Pete decides to convert a Jew to Catholicism in order to improve their standing in the afterlife. Hoping to find a likely candidate, Pete begins visiting a nearby synagogue, where he gets to know Rabbi Jacobson, who responds to Pete's barrage of questions with good humor. Pete also makes friends with the Rabbi's son, Danny, who is about the same age; when he learns that Danny is seriously ill, he decides Danny would be an excellent choice for conversion. When the priest at Pete's church informs Pete that all will be tested before they pass the Pearly Gates, he sets up a mini-decathlon and puts Danny in training as he attempts to reshape his spiritual thinking. Pete's parents aren't sure just what to make of Pete's new summer project, and as they become aquatinted with Rabbi Jacobson, they share their perspectives on the unexpected trials of parenting.

This film was the result of "Project Greenlight," the first-time-director competition launched by Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and Miramax, and was the subject of the HBO documentary of the same name, which aired in Winter 2002. The documentary revealed many behind-the-scenes snafus, which led to the mid-production firing of co-producer Jeff Balis.

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