Doubt (2008)

Prior to watching this film I was intrigued by the impressive ensemble of talent, yet apprehensive about the premise. A plot centered around questionable interactions between a Catholic priest and a young student could go an infinite number of directions so I was interested to hear from the cast why they chose to be in this particular story. In an interview, they said they were encouraged by (screen)writer/ director, John Patrick Shanley to see his Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning stage play. Each actor thought it was about something different, which they discovered later while discussing it. The cleverness is in the narrative’s perspective because Shanley didn’t tell anyone—but the person playing the priest—whether his character was guilty or not. What better way to disclose unspoken thoughts and feelings and to get people talking about unmentionable subjects than to leave out the one detail they want to know?

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