Academic journal article Journal of Religion and Film

Birds of Neptune

Academic journal article Journal of Religion and Film

Birds of Neptune

Article excerpt

(2015)

Directed by Steven Richter

In Birds Of Neptune two sisters, Rachel and Mona, exist in a suspended reality of their past lives. Living alone in their childhood home, the two young adults cannot let go of the pained secrets of their past or the excellence of their deceased parents. Due to these curious circumstances the ladies see themselves in a world of supernatural workings, including fairies and rituals. We find out that after the accidental death of their younger brother the family joined a small religious group with unusual beliefs and practices (referred to as a cult in the film). While Rachel and Mona still seem affected by their experiences and traumas within this community they do not structure their lives in any particular religious manner. A dishonest stranger, Zach, connects with Mona and starts to manipulate the situation by trying to control the sisters. He realizes the lack of confidence and control in their lives and takes advantage of their openness and lack of protection. Ultimately, Rachel overcomes her past through her connection with making music, and Mona discards Zach to be on her own. …

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