Open for discussion and exchange of views.
Holy Smoke! is a 1999 Australian drama film directed by Jane Campion, who co-wrote the screenplay with her sister Anna. It premiered at the Venice Film Festival and was shown at the New York Film Festival and the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival before being released theatrically.
During a trip to India, Ruth Barron has a spiritual awakening and embraces the teachings of a guru named Baba. Back home in the Sydney suburb of Sans Souci, her parents are appalled to learn their daughter now answers to the name Nazni and has no intention of returning. They concoct a tale about her father Gilbert having had a stroke and being on the verge of death, and her mother Miriam travels to India in hopes of convincing her to come home, with no success until she suffers a serious asthma attack. Ruth agrees to accompany her on her return flight.
Miriam arranges a reunion with Gilbert, who supposedly is recuperating in the Outback, and this charade lands Ruth in the clutches of P.J. Waters, an American exit counselor who deprograms members of religious cults. In a remote cabin, he isolates Ruth, separates her from her sari and religious props, challenges her faith in Baba, and slowly wears her down. As she begins to weaken, Waters finds himself sexually attracted to her, and in time Ruth allows him to seduce her. She then turns the tables on him, as she discovers her sexuality allows her to make mincemeat of his long-held beliefs as a macho, misogynist male.
I first saw the film in Sydney just after release in 2000 with my cousin and niece who was 33. We were in a large theater with maybe 12 other people---Aussies were not happy with it for a host of reasons other than being a second rate film---one was the 2 dimensional mocking view of an Australian family.
I have a dvd of it because I collect this "genre."
Like The Piano [a much better film] Campion goes for surreal territory but seemed to bite off more than she could chew in this one. Winslett's was the only character with any real depth, I thought.
But see it anyway--I'm curious how others viewed it.
I'm talking right now with a friend who's got totally into another New Energy/suspend critical thinking organisation, and I can just imagine that she would watch it and say, "That's nothing to do with me; CC isn't a cult"...
I also looked up The Piano. I found one movie by that title, so I assume it's the right one. But, in reading the description, I don't see what correlation there is to cults ??????????? Where's that Joe S ??? hehe
What's it about ?!?
anyway, i'll order it. sit down with the fam and watch it.
we watched momma mia a few nights ago. what a hoot! all those ol' ABBA songs !!! i love ABBA's music, so now i will have to go buy the soundtrack.
there is a really good DVD movie that is about cults...someone on here recommended it quite a while back. it's a false preacher who travels...oh, gosh. i just don't recall the title, but it's a good one for anyone on here to see. the guy was a total fraud and they showed behind the scenes about how he got his info, and then "wowed" the audience with how he knew so much.
i know with jzr there are people who believe she listens, and/or has staff that listens to the phone calls there.
i went through a phase where i was looking into spy technology to see how easy it really IS for someone like jz to obtain and use such "security". i also recall not long before i left, a staff person talking from stage about how "yes" there is security cameras all over the property. it's amazing how tiny they actually are. not at all easy to see as one is wandering around the property.
sheesh, one can't even pee in the woods, in private !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! nevermind some of the other "activities" that have gone on during wine ceremonies.... thank god i never participated in any of that debauchery.
there are no secrets.
(okay, this post is all over the place)
I'm going to go look up my Netflix "history" and see if I can find the title.
OKay........I found it.
Leap of Faith
I strongly recommend it. If enough of us watch it, it would be a good thread for exploring.
The Devil Wears Prada
is another good one to watch for the cult-like control over people that can occur. Both of these were suggested to me due to the parallels to being in a place like RSE.
I'm glad I watched both of them.