Sunday, October 4, 2009

The Ten

A 2007 selection from SIFF, The Ten is a series of interconnected shorts related to the Christian Ten Commandments, framed through a single narrator on a blank stage with two giant tables of the Ten Commandments behind him. Far from being religious and preachy, The Ten is funny, witty and at times borderline sacrilegious in its interpretation of the Commandments.

Each story builds upon the prior through the use of the same characters. at the same time as the narrator has his own back story playing out in between the Commandment stories with the story characters playing additional cameos.

The majority of the stories are not literal interpretations of the Commandments intent, except perhaps for the story on "Thou Shall Not Covet Thy Neighbor's Goods" in which two neighbors engage in a modern day keeping up with the Joneses over who can have the most CAT Scan machines.

The Ten is a testament to independent filmmaking taking a traditionally held concept and making it something wholly new and entertaining for a modern audience. Definitely needs to be experienced first hand since no review can ever properly describe this rich film which has something for everyone.

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