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Trailer Watch: Michael Tolkin's The Rapture Posits the End of the World

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood May 21, 2011 at 11:58AM

Anyone who was raised as a Christian knows that deep in your consciousness are buried irrational childhood ideas, beliefs, and hopes. Your rational adult self may revise your views of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spigot (as Rowan Atkinson would say), but you never get rid of all that embedded Stuff.
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Anyone who was raised as a Christian knows that deep in your consciousness are buried irrational childhood ideas, beliefs, and hopes. Your rational adult self may revise your views of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spigot (as Rowan Atkinson would say), but you never get rid of all that embedded Stuff.

The Player author Michael Tolkin wrote and directed the underappreciated The Rapture, starring Mimi Rogers and David Duchovny, which Fine Line Features released without much fanfare in 1991. The film clearly tapped into my parental separation issues, but it was more than that. No other screening has ever left me sobbing in the car afterwards, unable to drive. The movie posits that the end of the world, The Rapture, when earth and heaven finally come together, actually takes place. It taps into hopes that maybe there really is heaven and redemption, and that parents and children separated by death can be reunited in heaven. It's heady stuff.

The trailer is below.

Here's a Paste review.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.