Thursday, February 19, 2009

Oversold: Hosea in the modern world

Both Peter Chattaway(who writes for CT Movies) and The Bible Films blog are reporting on Oversold, a modern take on the book of Hosea. CT Movies has an interview with Crissy Morgan, internet-launched and now reformed porn star who stars in the film as an exotic dancer. This is the second re-telling of Hosea I've seen recently, the first being Redeeming Love, which some women at my church have been studying.

Oversold is a 30ish minute short film, which you can download directly from their site $5. The trailer looks decent, but it is hard for me to shake the feeling that the acting, as well as the sleezy goateed villain, is reminiscent of the type of "story" that is usually featured and often parodied in porn films. We've already got a couple of movies in our chute to review, but hopefully we'll get to this soon.

The plot summary on CT Movies does give me one bit of pause;  it describes Morgan's character on who "who yearns to break free from the sordid life that enslaves her."  My understanding of Hosea was that Gomer, Hosea's wife, had no desire to reform her ways.  It was Hosea's love for her despite her continual sin that was the picture of God's love for his people.  Changing that seems to change the nature of the story. 

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1 comment:

Tamara said...

Thanks for posting this, Jon. I think I'll probably see if the girls in my Bible study want to watch it together, since we've spent soooo much time studying Hosea. (Next week is our last week with this book.)
You're right, though. Having the porn star want to change her life does indeed change the story entirely. The story of Hosea is one of pure grace and redemption, not really one of repentance. I'm interested to see where this goes.