Out of Order (1984)

Out of Order


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Directors Diane Christian and Bruce Jackson interviewed six ex-nuns (including Christian herself) for this documentary on why the women joined the Catholic order of nuns and why they left after at least six and up to sixteen years of keeping their vows. Reasons for donning the habit varied from a "calling," to a fear of sex and motherhood, or a strong social consciousness. Reasons for leaving were equally varied and interesting: the inability to advance very far in a male-dominated hierarchy, a … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Action & Adventure, Faith & Spirituality, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
On DVD: Jul 30, 1986



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An intense thriller set in a malfuncitoned elevator. The films packs a lot of character, suspense and action into such a small pace without ever crossing the line too the ridiculous. The fact that this is a German production probably helps. The actors are strong, the dialogue is realistic and the whole production department oozes the grim flair of the 1980s. The film develops interesting relationships between the characters that topicalise the usual suspects such as love and neglect, but adds some existential failure and politics to the mix, creating an allegory that is more than the perfect fit for the ever descending elevator of doom. Topped up with an unexpected shebang in the end, this is most definitely a very precious hidden gem.

Henrik Schunk

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