(2017) 95 mins
Director: Daniel Kokotajlo
Writer: Daniel Kokotajlo
Cinematography: Adam Scarth
Production Design: John Ellis
Music: Matthew Wilcock
As devout Jehovah’s Witnesses, sisters Alex (Molly Wright) and Luisa (Sacha Parkinson) and their mother, Ivanna (Siobhan Finneran), are united in The Truth. Alex looks up to her confident older sister, while striving to follow in Ivanna’s footsteps as a ‘good Witness’. But when Luisa starts to question the advice of the Elders, she makes a life-altering transgression that threatens to expel her from the congregation.
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““I’m sorry, Jehovah.” These three words, the first spoken in Daniel Kokotajlo’s powerful feature debut Apostasy, set the tone for a sensitive yet potent exploration of faith, grief and guilt. Though his film takes place entirely within a Jehovah’s Witness community in Oldham, Manchester, writer-director Kokotajlo – himself a former Witness – expertly taps into wider themes of love, loss and the psychological quicksand of immovable belief.” Sight and Sound
“Here is an utterly absorbing and accomplished debut feature from writer-director Daniel Kokotajlo. Apostasy combines subtlety and sensitivity with real emotional power. It also packs a sledgehammer narrative punch two-thirds in, after which life in the film carries on with eerie quietness as usual, while we, the audience, have no choice but to go into a state of shock. It shows that Kokotajlo can really do something so many new British film-makers can’t or won’t: tell a story.“ The Guardian