One of Us

Movie review by Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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age 15+

Shocking docu on abuse in Orthodox faith; cursing, violence.

NR 2017 95 minutes

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age 9+

Deserves a sequel

Parental guidance definitely suggested. We watched as a family (we are blended) and both of us are currently undergoing divorces and custody issues with our children's other parents. We are Jewish/half-Jewish. Non orthodox. It is utterly shocking to see what is going on in these ultra-Orthodox communities and how the judicial system is capable of failing even the most innocent of people. Even though the film represents what is happening in NYC, this is nonetheless quite universal and it is easy to imagine these stories taking place in your own backyard. The film is haunting, heartbreaking, and evokes strong emotions most of which are challenging to digest. Which is why I suggest parental guidance because no doubt the children watching (ours are aged 9 through 14) will have questions that need answering in a sensitive way. Nonetheless, the three main characters are truly inspirational in the face of great adversity and serve as positive role models, if only in showing that they are able of accepting the consequences of their choices, no matter how much pain it causes them. I would be interested in a follow-up, to see how these three characters are coping. It kind of made me want to reach out and offer support, lol.

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