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Children Of God (2009)

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People living secret lives are confronted by love and betrayal in this drama. Johnny (Johnny Ferro) is an American student who has enrolled at an art school in the Bahamas. While Johnny's work reveals impressive technique, his instructors feel his art lacks passion and he needs to get in better touch with his emotions. What they don't know is Johnny has a secret -- he's gay, but hasn't come out of the closet, and doesn't believe it's prudent in the Bahamas, where homophobia is widespread. In search of inspiration, Johnny takes a trip to the island of Eleuthera, and on the ferry he meets Romeo (Stephen Tyrone Williams), a handsome local man with whom he strikes up a friendship. Before long, Johnny and Romeo are more than friends, but like Johnny, Romeo isn't willing to open up to most people about his sexuality, allowing his mother to believe he's straight. Meanwhile, also spending some time in Eleuthera is Lena (Margaret Laurena Kemp), the wife of Ralph Mackey (Mark Ford), a minister who is outspoken in his opposition to gay rights. Lena has taken part in her husband's campaigns to demand more laws against homosexual conduct, but she's begun to have her doubts -- she's been given a sexually transmitted disease by her husband, who refuses to say how he contracted it, and she wonders if it's time she moved on with her life. Children of God was the first feature film from writer and director Kareem Mortimer.
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Cast

Johnny Ferro
as Johnny
Van Brown
as Reverend Clyde Ritchie
Ralph Ford
as Ralph Mackey

Critic Reviews for Children Of God

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

Characters need to be more than vehicles for making a point, and a genuinely heartfelt tone is only partial compensation for an inability to convey the complexity of ideas.

May 19, 2011
New York Times
Top Critic

If there were any faults in this movie, Margaret Laurena Kemp's performance redeemed every moment. All I could think was - why haven't I heard of this woman before?

Full Review… | September 20, 2010
BET.com

Contrasts the emotional storm raging within a suicidal artist with the picture-perfect, travelogue background of its tropical island locations...

Full Review… | September 10, 2010
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Audience Reviews for Children Of God

½

Set in the Bahamas amid an anti-gay crusade by the local church, this first-love story is beyond tragic with no real story arc. Shit happens. More shit happens. Worse shit happens. Awful ending. The cast ranges from the overacted to the underplayed. Not much lies between. The story has too many threads, all unhappy. For a love story set in the Bahamas, it left me rather cold.

Graham Beilby
Graham Beilby

Characters need to be more than vehicles for making a point, and a genuinely heartfelt tone and beautiful lensing is only partial compensation for an inability to convey the complexity of ideas.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

I won't doubt this kind of stories really happened in Bahamas, or some under developed nowhere, or even in certain corners in some developed countries. Although sincere enough in attitude, the film sounds a bit corny & awkward in so many places, preachy sometimes. Still, some points being made, plus the beautiful Bahamas location. Margaret Laurena Kemp's character, supported by her remarkable acting, actually could have been more intriguing, further developed & being used- in the sense of drama.

WS Wu
WS Wu

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