Two men of the cloth discuss a crisis of faith
Writing good scripts can be such a Catch-22. The best movies deal with important ideas… emotional and intellectual issues that get to the heart of what it means to be human. But when tackling such matters, a writer’s skill is sorely tested. You gotta give the topic the deep consideration it deserves. Yet subtly enough that your story doesn’t turn into a massive preach-fest, causing your audience to flee in droves.
For the Love of God manages that balance extremely well. A simple script, FLG captures a conversation between two men of the cloth – Father Flynn and Brother Mike. Brother Mike, you see, is considering leaving the priesthood. ‘Cause he’s – well – kind of gay. Surprisingly, Father Flynn resists Brother Mike’s resignation, spurring a discussion about the ramifications of his colleague’s confession… both in light of Jesus’ teachings, and Brother Mike’s personal life. Despite the seriousness of the ensuing conversation, FLG maintains a light yet intellectually nuanced tone – all the way to its satisfying end.
Will you agree with the arguments of FLG? Maybe. Maybe not. But a script that can handle not one, but two controversial topics so adeptly? That’s top notch writing in our good book.
Budget: Quite low. Two main characters, one setting. Doesn’t get more straightforward than that.
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