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"Quel le ciel nous aide" : les coulisses du tournage
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En Amérique, dans un lycée chrétien très conservateur, Mary, une adolescente populaire, tombe enceinte ! Sa cote de popularité s'effondre alors d'un coup et elle se retrouve avec les losers du lycée...
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j'ai eu l'occasion de le voir en VOSTF et d'apprécier les voix et le jeu des acteurs, ils sont tous très doués.
ensuite, il faut voir dans ce film une tournée en dérision de l'éducation religieuse américaine, de l'esprit très croyant, catholique américain...
il s'agit de l'histoire d'une bande de jeunes qui sont élèves dans un lycée privé, où une fille est enceinte, une est juive, un garçon est handicapé moteur...
et qui sont les "gentils", la fille prête à tout au nom de Dieu? ou les "parias" du lycée?...
il faut certes avoir l'esprit ouvert pour apprécier ce film, et je l'ai trouvé très drôle et très juste.
loin des teenages movies classiques, il est délicieusement subversif!
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The point of the film wasn't to provide a Polaroid of what life in Christian fundamentalist high schools is like. If so, they would have included more of the really nice people that inhabit the schools. The point of the film is to highlight something that Jena Malone's character Mary (albeit, a not so virginal one) says to Pastor Skip near the end: "Why would God make us all so different, if he wanted us to all be the same?" I have witnessed first hand the way that many fundamentalist groups want to cut back on diversity, want to limit the number of legitimate lifestyle choices for people. I think the point of this film is that underneath the rather artificial veneer that many fundamentalist groups impose on people, they still are more diverse than they want to acknowledge, and the individuality eventually comes out, even if suppressed in the short run.
The cast is excellent, and I especially enjoyed Jena Malone as Mary. She does a great job of combining fragility and innocence and strength. The humor was sharp and to the point, and I found a host of the situations throughout the film to be thoroughly familiar.
My main complaint with the film is the last half hour, where the narrative starts falling apart, not so much conceptually as visually. Movies are always told with the camera, and not by the script, and the timing in many of the final scenes is just off a bit. For instance, where we see the Pastor Skip walking towards the hospital, and then away, and then back. Or many of the verbal encounters at the prom. The narrative flow bogged down and didn't match the rhythm of the rest of the movie.
All in all, this is a good movie about being in a teenager in a place that not everyone in our society is familiar with. With a better-paced final half hour, it would have been even better.
When I first saw this movie, I posted a review and gave it three stars. I can't stress how much I regret that now. I don't think I knew what to really make of it. I saw some of the reviews and heard some of the complaints about it, and think I watched it with slightly clouded judgment. Since then, I've seen it a few more times and am no longer hung-up on whether the movie is trying to impart a political opinion on me. I am able to see it for what's really there; a film with more heart than one of this type should have.
You'll be surprised by how many touching scenes there are in this movie. Seriously, they're some of the most moving moments you'll ever see in a teen comedy and they just keep coming. The best one takes place in the school's bathroom where the heroine, a teenager who's alone and friendless, carrying a secret burden many adults can't even handle, is tricked into confessing the secret by an antagonist. She breaks down and starts to cry, and is quickly befriended by the girl. Words can't describe what an unbelievably moving moment that is. It's the best I've ever seen in a teen comedy, and I grew up in the 80's, I've seen them all. After watching movies like this for some twenty plus years, I've been conditioned to believe we're not supposed to get moments like that in movies like these. What a wonderful surprise. It's a scene that caused the theater to grow quiet, except for a few moans of "Oh" and "Aw", where people suddenly reached for their pop to help wash down the lump in their throat (I'm not exaggerating, an elderly gentleman sitting next to me had to dry his eyes). I'm a guy, and therefore can't admit to getting tearful, but if I were a chick . . .
There are a lot of scenes like that in this movie. Some take place after her boyfriend is sent away; she is hurt and confused, and incapable of understanding how something like that could happen. In one scene, where the heroine first learns a crushing revelation, there is no dialog, we just see the expression on her face (Malone is amazing) yet it's absolutely heartbreaking. There's another, similar to that, near the end of the movie, where her secret is revealed. Or the scenes with her romantic interest in the film, Patrick. He's the good-natured son of the pastor, who tries to court her. He knows she likes him so can't understand why she rejects him. Another, when Mary's (Malone) mom is about to send her away. They're sitting on the bed packing a suitcase when Mary asks if she ruined her mom's life. Her mom leaves the room without answering her question and the camera shows Mary sitting alone on her bed, shaking her head, trying to understand. Wow (I should probably remind you, at this point, that this is a teen comedy).
There's also a surprisingly good scene between the pastor and Mary's mom, Lillian. They're at a Valentines Day dinner and she's staring longingly over at another couple who are sharing a romantic kiss. The pastor feels guilty about their relationship and has difficulty expressing his affection for her. Here was a great idea, a romantic scene between the adults that was just as tender and thoughtful as the romantic scenes between the kids.
There are many other scenes like these, I couldn't describe them all in under 1000 words, but none of them are depressing. Sad, touching, moving, sweet, funny, heartbreaking, romantic: there are a lot of adjectives I could use to describe this film but it always seems headed in a positive and upbeat direction. There is a unique combination of story, acting, direction, and even music that produced something so rare I've never seen it before: a teenage comedy with more heart than any melodramatic, mega production Hollywood will pimp out around Oscar time.
Mandy Moore does a beautiful job of being a completely confused teenage girl who is trying to build herself up by pushing other people spiritually down. She's absolutely hateable, pitiable, and in the end, almost likeable.
Jena Malone is unbelievable. I had never seen her before, but she absolutely stole my heart. Her character Mary is a wonderfully written girl who tries to do what she thinks is right, but it goes all wrong. Jena's acting was beautiful, and I look forward to seeing more of her work.
The supporting cast was phenomenal as well. Macaulay Culkin does a wonderful job as Hilary Faye's brother Roland, a boy stuck at a Christian school who wants something more. Patrick Fugit is the ultimate romantic teen lead as Pastor Skip's son Patrick: he's not airbrushed, he's not a pretty-boy, and he's not wearing eyeliner. He's just the sweet, genuine boy-next-door, and you love him for it. (He also does not overact, which would have been incredibly easy to do in his role.) Eva Amurri plays a very real character as well: she's the Jewish girl at the Christian school, and she's sick and tired of people trying to "save" her. She just wants to be who she is.
Other remarkable actors include Chad Faust as Mary's boyfriend Dean, Mary-Louise Parker as Mary's mother, and Heather Matarazzo as Tia, a girl who's eager to fit in with Hilary Faye.
As a Christian, I was not offended by this movie. I thought it was a very well-done commentary on typical human behavior. Religion is fine, but don't use it as a crutch, and don't lord it over other people.
My brother (who attended the same school) sat there and we kept comparing notes and having flashbacks to the good old days. (If you could call them that)
I was an atheist in the lions den. I was known as Little Satan because I read Steven King.. I was an outcast.. I was hated.. and I LOVED it.
This movie shows the close-mindedness of the Christian religion in ALL it's glory and even with the Mandy Moore character it isn't exaggerating much. I KNEW girls like her. Almost exactly like her.
The funniest thing was the Pastor trying to connect with the youth by using their lingo. I don't think I ever met a youth pastor who didn't try to seem hip to the kids by talking like them and trying to connect with them by using their language.
Mary Louise Parker was great in this.. as she always is. Wasn't quite the amazing performance she gave in Angels in America but she definitly nailed this part.
Um.. what else can I say.. it's a great movie and I think the fact that it showed christian extremists in a real sense but didn't lose it's religious feel was a nice touch too.
The message that God loves everyone equally was a good one. If you believe in God that is ;)