Ordet (1955) IMDb

Categorization

Very smoothly composed but ideologically abhorrent religious drama. Influential minimalist auteur piece.

Subject

Quibbling Danes of different denominations are united by a resurrection in 1925.

Commentary

Not only does religious faith produce a glaring miracle, to the point of converting an atheist, but the best kind of faith is evidently the most blind and paralytic. I can enjoy religious dramas when they’re done with a bit of subtlety, distance, darkness or doubt, but this is laughably vulgar, and not pretty enough to entertain in spite of its plot. The most fun I had was seeing the basis of a Varanteatern joke: “Skräddaren säger nej!!”

References here: Twin Peaks (2017).

fiction moving picture