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To verdener (Worlds Apart) (2008)

To verdener (Worlds Apart) (2008)

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A girl is torn between her faith and her feelings in this coming of age drama from Denmark. Sara Dahl (Rosalinde Mynster) is seventeen years old and has been raised in a family of strict Jehovah's Witnesses. Sara follows the tenets of the faith and often joins her family to distribute church literature door to door in hopes of attracting new converts. Despite the Dahl family's devotion to their church, there has been a great deal of tension in the household -- her father (Jens Jorn Spottag) has been unfaithful to her mother (Sarah Boberg), and while he's deeply contrite, she's unwilling to forgive him. One night, Sara goes out with some friends from school and they end up at a dance club where she meets a handsome boy named Teis (Pilou Asbaek). The two feel an immediate attraction to one another, and as Sara falls for Teis, she begins to encounter a world and ideas she's never considered before, and starts to question the doctrine that she's been taught since childhood. However, Sara's parents are uncomfortable with her relationship with Teis, and they discuss her new attitudes with John (Anders W. Berthelsen), the pastor at their church, and he confronts her both privately and publicly about the morality of her new love. To Verdener (aka Worlds Apart) was screened in competition at the 2008 Berlin Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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(*** 1/2): [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] A well-acted and interesting film.

TTT C
TTT C

Worlds apart is a beautiful, conflicted portrait of a girl who must choose between being a Jehovah's Witness and love. Not only must she make this decision, but she must also decide between family and isolation. This is a well-done film about a very real cult and its practices and home life.

Lia J
Lia J

A young girl, deeply indoctrinated in her family's iconoclastic religious sect, must choose between her religion and her heart in this Danish film. This viewer found the story, based on actual events, to be sad and illuminating as it presented the dilemma faced by 17 year-old Sara (Rosalinde Mynster). The church she is a part of uses the fear of being ostracized and intimidation of the gentlest sort to keep its members in line. When Sara dares to defy the conventions of her church, she has to draw on her courage to break away and live her life by her precepts, not theirs, a difficult choice that the film makes abundantly clear. The acting is quite good by all, and the story was emotionally draining. The dynamics in play that ultimately drove Sara away were presented honestly and without sugar-coating. This is educational as it entertains. One feels strongly the pull of the different forces at work and can find encouragement from the way the subject is presented.

Mark Abell
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