Saturday, July 29, 2006

did they actually want people to see this film?

I was looking for something diversionary to try and keep my mind off my migraine last night, and settled on The Exorcism of Emily Rose which i found quite interesting although i would not consider it a horror film in direct contradiction to all the promotional material i had seen for it.
What it turned out to be was a courtroom drama in which they were trying the priest who had performed the exorcism for negligent manslaughter because he had failed to provide proper medical care for medical Emily (even though he was not a medical professional) .
The movie is based on the true story of Anneliese Michel, a twenty-four-year-old German woman. In the Michel case the young women was on psychiatric medication the entire time she was under the priests care, and the catholic church finally did approve an exorcism (there were weekly exorcism sessions over almost a year's time). In the end there were two priests and both parents charged with negligent homicide and they were found guilty and given harsher sentences than recommended by the prosecution, a symptom/symbol of the German secularism of the times.
Anyway--see the movie--it's very interesting--though not marketed well.

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