Surviving Confession (2019)

A priest who has grown conflicted with his faith has his world turned upside down in director Matthew Tibbenham‘s first full-length film. He’s worked on plenty of Hollywood films in different roles, including Sinister and Deliver Us From Evil. It was written by Nathan Shane Miller and it’s also his first full-length movie.

This fim is entirely set in a confession booth. I don’t know how much it will appeal to anyone save lapsed Catholics, but that’s my demo and a lot of the humor hit me right. Becca, however, said that she hated the film and saw no reason why it was made. We don’t always agree on movies.

Father Morris (Clayton Nemrow, who was fantastic in this film) is the priest who is having trouble with his faith. He’s grown to hate hearing confessions, but when Amber  (Jessica Lynn Parsons) enters his confessional, she challenges the way he sees his life, questioning every single thing that he stands for.

This film feels more like stage play than actual film, but it has some nice ways of treating the passage of time and getting the most out of one location while allowing Father Morris the opportunity to break the fourth wall and speak directly to the audience.  It’s not for everyone, but if you’re willing to be open minded about religion and learn about how much priests give up for their faith, it’s an intriguing watch.

Surviving Confession is available July 30 on all digital platforms. You can learn more at its Facebook page.

DISCLAIMER: We were sent this movie by its PR team, but that has no bearing on our review.

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