This seems such a clear case of evil in our world: drugs, murder, violence. Yet, it is this very evil that is being glorified in narcocorridos. We see scenes of full clubs (in the U.S., by the way) with people singing along and celebrating this kind of life.
Out of the Furnace is a film that wants us to be uncomfortable. It opens with a scene of astonishing and senseless violence. Even before we enter the story, we are put off balance. That violence lies in the background for a while as we begin to see into the lives of Russell and Rodney. But we know that it will be coming back.
It is a road filled with laughter and tears, with hope and despair, with shame and dignity, with history and a future. In short, it is filled with life.
In 1985, AIDS was seen as a death sentence. There were no approved treatments. For desperate patients, access to alternative medicine treatments was a faint ray of hope, but those unapproved medicines were hard to come by.
Like us all, Bettie Page was a complex and at times broken child of God. Her approach to sexuality, while it might be thought of as healthy in today’s world, caused many people to look down on her at the time. Perhaps this film will remind us that people are not defined by their weaknesses or most controversial acts. Instead we should see them through the eyes of God’s grace.
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