Apostasy.

Apostasy.

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A faithful Jehovah's Witness is forced to shun her own sister because of a religious transgression. As the separation draws out, she starts to question the meaning of God's love.

Apostasy - an act of refusing to continue to follow, obey, or recognize a religious faith. Blood proves thicker than (holy) water in one of the year's strongest British films. A beautifully balanced glimpse into the world of Jehovah's Witnesses set in a humdrum corner of Manchester. The focus of Kokotajlo's ingeniously structured script shifts fluidly between a mother (Ivana) and her two adult daughters (Chloe and Luisa), examining how deeply ingrained religious beliefs can be sorely tested by circumstances. While undeniably critical in tone and ultimately sympathetic with Luisa's increasingly spiky rebelliousness, ‘Apostasy’ takes appropriate care to show balanced respect for Jehovah's Witness beliefs, It's a timely, sensitive and intelligent work of cinema.