(Wes Bentley, Jamie Alexander, Cam Gigandet, Alexandra Breckenridge, et al / DVD+Digital / R / 2016 / LGF)
Overview: A charming yet troubled man spirals into a rage after being rejected by the woman he initially seduced.
DVD Verdict: In truth, loving or hating this film is going to be a 50/50 here for anybody that takes the time to watch it. For, at it's heart, 'Broken Vows', starring the "It" girl of the moment on TV re: Jamie Alexander (NBC's 'Blindspot') is a rather wonderful, distinctly pointed, and yet always mysteriously guarded story about being true to one's self and one's vows when the institutional framework does not necessarily support this direct truthfulness.
Ergo, 'Broken Vows' is the story of a Priest who discovers his true commitment to religious beliefs versus just what the "institution" of the Church has taught him over the years. Indeed, the story line illustrates the power one has when one finally figures out his/her beliefs in relation to what our institutions teach. So, yes, over the course of this movie, some may not agree with the words, the actions that come flowing out from our lead actors, because, well, if the Priest didn't remain faithful to the teachings of his Church, becoming more aware of his beliefs and where his true loyalties should be placed, what does that mean for us "mere mortals"?
In closing, 'Broken Vows' also includes some marvelous acting from the always-brilliant Wes Bentley and the delightful Alexandra Breckenridge. She especially conveys her feelings of confusion and guilt after being intimate with a man she loves to sheer perfection. Indeed, all the principals actors do excellent jobs and they simply draw you into wanting to know more about each character. Their lives, their inner most feelings, and their strengths. I also thought the screenplay was very good, the emotive feelings portrayed through words throughout a pure joy to behold. I hope you enjoy this movie as much as I did, but if you don't, well, I obviously know why, sorry. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.
Alexandra Breckenridge Clip