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Sunday, 1 January 2017

The Story of Ruth (1960)

Sold as a child into a religious order, Ruth's teachings become her own held beliefs. But a meeting with a Judean artisan causes her to question her faith.
Prejudices, questionable judicial practices, passions and spirits run high as someone from one side of the river meets a people from the other side, and, of course, tolerance and forgiveness are the lessons of the day.
It's perhaps not as good as some of the more famous biblical epics that were made around the same era, but it has a sincerity that more than makes up for any shortcomings elsewhere, and actress Elana Eden imbues Ruth with a strength of character that won't soon be forgotten.

3½ provisions out of 5

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