The Oscar-nominated documentary from last year, "Twist of Faith," is finally out on DVD, and while it boasts an intriguing and relevant story, it unfortunately is a rather disappointing effort.
"Twist of Faith" follows Tony Comes, an Ohio firefighter who finally comes to grips with the fact that he was abused and raped as child by his priest, and that that man, now a school principal, lives just down the street from him. In a moment, his life is turned upside down as the hatred consumes him, causing him to lose his connection with his wife and engaging him in a long legal battle against the Catholic Church, a protective and secretive organization that, by law, has some legal protection against disclosing the truth.
"Twist of Faith" is decent and offers up a story that is becoming more and more common - some priests are raping children, and, perhaps more importantly, the Catholic Church is choosing to hide the truth.
What's frustrating about the film is that the movie follows Tony around through the years as he meets with others who were abused by the priest and tells us his emotions, without ever transcending beyond the man's story to the bigger picture. The movie paints the priest as an evil man, and he probably is, but our depiction of him is only told through Tony's rants and nothing else. Wouldn't this have been a good time to do an analysis of the man who destroyed the lives of so many others? The documentary never even touches it.
Equally frustrating (SPOILER ALERT) is that despite his constant objections to settling out of court, Tony, the protagonist of the story, sells out and settles for a measly amount of cash. The priest is never found guilty. Some may argue that this makes the movie stronger by proving just how powerful the Catholic Church is, but how can we completely sympathize with a man who settles for $50,000, even after his family has been torn apart?
"Twist of Faith" is good, but not as good as it could and should have been.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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