The Revival (2018)
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The often difficult squaring of religious fervor and sexual longing receives poignant, powerful treatment in "The Revival" ...
But it is a worthwhile one, showcasing a pair of deeply gifted leading men and a promising new talent behind the camera.
Less a self-acceptance narrative, and more of an exploration of one man's crisis of faith, Samuel Bret Williams' screenplay avoids giving easy resolutions to the character's problems - making for an unrelentingly harrowing viewing experience.
Holds a lot of potential. However, the conclusion will infuriate a lot of gay audience members, and the lack of scale and cinematic flair makes it a trudge to watch.
This drama is sharply well written and played, with knowing observations about the collision between religion and culture.
[It] doesn't just capture the community dynamics of a southern church and the contradictory pressures, he allows Eli to be seen not as a hypocrite but someone who has genuinely tried to serve their faith and not their heart.
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