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Worlds Apart

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WORLDS APART

Sara is a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. She spends most of her spare time accompanying her parents, going from door to door with a copy of the “Watchtower” in her hand, trying to draw people into conversations about faith and religion. The Jehovah’s Witnesses are missionaries and Sara is proud of this. Judgement Day and Salvation are fixed stars in her worldview. Sara knows exactly what she wants – and what she doesn’t want. But, when she falls in love with Teis, her rock solid take on life begins to crumble. Teis is not a Jehovah’s Witness – nor does it look as though he will allow himself to be baptised, and so Sara faces some difficult decisions. Their secret trysts mean that she has less time for missionary work and this puts Sara in a terrible predicament. It is not possible for her to lie to her parents; moreover, honouring them unconditionally, as her faith demands, is becoming increasingly difficult. Through Teis, she is able to see for the first time in her life, how others perceive the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Sara’s perception of the world and her image of her parents are now called into question as Sara finds herself torn between her faith and her love.
This film is based on a newspaper article about a seventeen-year-old member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses who broke away from the sect when she fell in love.

Denmark 2008, 108 min

by

Niels Arden Oplev

with

Rosalinde Mynster
Jens-Jørn Spottag
Pilou Asbæk
Sarah Boberg
Anders W. Berthelsen

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