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Wonderful Character Portrayals

By judybirnkrant
Written October 19, 2013
This movie portrays two very different mothers at the beginning, who must deal with a terrible tragedy and their evolving relationship. The haunting story keeps you going and the ending could not be more perfect. Everybody should see this film.
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Torn

By jillgiattino
Written October 19, 2013
This is a superb movie that touches on many faces of bigotry and fear of other and raises many questions about the scary world of terrorism that we live in. The relationships between the two mothers are powerful and touching and we watch them go from friendship and understanding to fear and suspicion. The acting in amazing - you can feel the sorrow, bitterness, anger on Dendrie Tayor's face. The entire cast is brilliant and lets you feel what they are feeling. The cinematography, music, direction are all creatively done and the skill of the movie makers pulls you into the conflicts going on on the screen. This small movie should be a big movie - it is filled with big ideas and big questions about who we are, what we believe and how we live in the 21st century. Jill
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Torn

By donnacephas
Written October 19, 2013
Amazing film in every way. Story is compelling human narrative and very important for all of us, has much to say about how we need to find commonality and not be silent in the face of prejudice and ignorance. Acting, cinematography, music, writing and directing all superb. One of the best films I have ever seen. The story is fabulously drawn and presented.
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Compelling drama

By bac2fut
Written October 19, 2013
I loved this movie which sends you on an emotional roller coaster. This drama explores teenage angst and societal prejudices. Great acting and unexpected plot twists kept me engrossed to the end.
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torn

By janelazarre
Written October 19, 2013
A powerful story about two mothers and their love for their teenage sons who are both killed in a bombing, all they dont know about their sons, are powerless to help, yet love is unconditional and loss is devastating. It is also about our current fears of and actual world of violence, about the immigration issues we all face, and about class difference. Plus, the acting is superb. Everyone in the audience was crying at times, and applauding intensely while the credits rolled. Dendrie Taylor is superb, first rate, in her role as the white working class mother who is in some ways as powerless as her Pakistanian ounterpart. But all the actors are wonderul, as is the scipt and the cinematography.
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