Kids' faith inspires, jolts in `Jesus Camp'

REVIEW

Review B+

October 06, 2006|By Michael Sragow | Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic

For movie fans, the "saved" children in the hypnotic, upsetting and bleakly humorous Jesus Camp are like an extroverted version of Village of the Damned (1960). The kids in that sci-fi-horror film also have a hard-to-pin-down beauty and a mysterious affect, as well as a telepathic unity.

But their power comes from the concentrated focus of their minimalist emotion. The power of the children in Jesus Camp comes from their maximalist fervor. When they speak in tongues or dance for divine joy, their eyes glow like streaking asteroids and a communal heat emanates from the screen.

Jesus Camp (Magnolia) A documentary directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady. Rated PG-13. Time 87 minutes.

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