Michael Tolkin, who wrote and directed ''The Rapture,'' was inspired to do the film when he read a news story about a woman who threw her children off a bridge.
That's nice. It's nice to know the source of this film. It would also be nice to know what Tolkin's intentions were when he did it.
At start, it plays like an earnest attempt to proselytize. As it moves on, however, its goal seems uncertain. Does the film mean to say that born-again religious fervor can be misdirected?
Who knows? According to the author, he uses prophetic texts from the Book of Revelations and includes a few ''signs and wonders that are his own creation.''
Mimi Rogers stars. She plays a Los Angeles telephone operator whose life is static, so much so that she and a male friend engage in group sex with strangers.
The woman eventually tunes in to the born-again people in her office, those who talk about ''the boy,'' their religious leader.
When Sharon is finally hooked, she convinces one of her chance lovers to convert as she has, and they marry and have a little girl.
Six years later, the husband is shot to death by someone he has fired, so the mother and daughter, now on their own, head for park where they await Armageddon.
''The Rapture'' is playing at the Rotunda.
* A bored telephone operator tries to find the answer to life when she joins a religious group.
CAST: Mimi Rogers, David Duchovny, Patrick Bauchau, Kimberly Cullum, Will Patton
DIRECTOR: Michael Tolkin
RATING: R (sex, nudity, violence)
RUNNING TIME: 97 minutes