Screen Door Jesus | Chicago Reader

Screen Door Jesus

Pilgrims flock to the dusty town of Bethlehem, Texas, after an image of Christ appears on the stretched-out screen of an old woman's front door; meanwhile the townspeople, introduced through an Altman-esque weave of story lines, wrestle with religious questions. The so-called miracle—an optical illusion created when sunlight hits the screen—provides a witty metaphor for the vagaries of faith, and the individual tales, adapted by writer-director Kirk Davis from short stories by Christopher Cook, are often neatly drawn. But taken as a whole, this independent feature might best be described as aggressively thematic, the characters so focused on spiritual issues they sometimes seem to be carrying out homework assignments. R, 119 min.

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