She claims to have contacted a nun from one of his previous parishes who corroborated her suspicions, and threatens to visit his previous appointments and contact parents.Flynn agrees to request a transfer and delivers a final sermon before departing.
She claims to have contacted a nun from one of his previous parishes who corroborated her suspicions, and threatens to visit his previous appointments and contact parents.
It causes us to start thinking with the first shot," he continued, "and we never stop." The film and the cast earned numerous awards and nominations including five Academy Award nominations: for Best Actress for Streep, Best Supporting Actor for Hoffman, Best Supporting Actress for both Adams and Davis, and Best Adapted Screenplay for Shanley. Cutrara, in his book on sex and religion in cinema, has commented that the film works as a metaphor for worldwide uncertainty over priests accused of pedophilia—specifically through Father Flynn's resignation as an indication of guilt and then Sister Aloysius' subsequent doubt.
Father Flynn delivers his sermon to a largely blue collar Catholic congregation in the Bronx in the year following President Kennedy’s assassination.
In 1964 at a Catholic church in The Bronx, New York, Father Brendan Flynn gives a sermon on the nature of doubt, noting that it, like faith, can be a unifying force.
Sister Aloysius, the strict principal of the church's parish school, becomes concerned when she sees a boy pull away from Flynn in the school courtyard.
Doubt is a 2008 American period drama film written and directed by John Patrick Shanley based on his Pulitzer Prize-winning and Tony Award-winning stage play Doubt: A Parable.
Produced by Scott Rudin, the film takes place in a Roman Catholic elementary school named for St. Sister James (Amy Adams) tells Aloysius that Father Flynn (Philip Seymour Hoffman) might have too much personal attention with the school's only black student Donald Miller (Joseph Foster), thus leading to Aloysius starting a crusade against Flynn.The story addresses doubt as a loss of certainty and security on a variety of levels.The main plot revolves around the suspicions held by Sister Aloysius (Meryl Streep), the principal of the parochial school that serves as the setting for the story.It was in collective doubt, proclaims Father Flynn, that a sense of community and security was forged.“Doubt can be a bond as powerful and sustaining as certainty.”The sermon sets parameters for this provocative movie.She instructs her Sisters to be alert to suspicious activity in the school.Sister James, a young and naive teacher, receives a request for Donald Miller, an altar boy and the school's only African-American student, to meet Flynn in the rectory.She's not a fountain of emotion, dispensing broad expression or movement; instead, she keeps it all inside and lets us in." National Public Radio called Davis's acting in the movie "the film's most wrenching performance ...the other [actors] argue strenuously and occasionally even eloquently, to ever-diminishing effect; Davis speaks plainly and quietly, and leaves [no] doubt that the moral high ground is a treacherous place to occupy in the real world." Roger Ebert, who thought Davis's performance worthy of an Academy Award, gave the film four stars, his highest rating, and praised its "exact and merciless writing, powerful performances and timeless relevance.The film also features Viola Davis as Donald Miller's mother, Mrs. The film premiered October 30, 2008 at the AFI Fest before being distributed by Miramax Films in limited release on December 12 and in wide release on December 25.Streep, Hoffman, Adams, and Davis were heavily praised for their performances, and all were nominated for Academy Awards at the 81st Academy Awards; Shanley was also nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay.