Into Temptation (film)
Into Temptation is a 2009 independent drama film written and directed by Patrick Coyle, and starring Jeremy Sisto, Kristin Chenoweth, Brian Baumgartner, Bruce A. Young and Amy Matthews. It tells the story of a prostitute who confesses to a Catholic priest that she plans to kill herself on her birthday. The priest attempts to find and save her, and in doing so plunges himself into a darker side of society.
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Into Temptation is a 2009 independent drama film written and directed by Patrick Coyle, and starring Jeremy Sisto, Kristin Chenoweth, Brian Baumgartner, Bruce A. Young and Amy Matthews. It tells the story of a prostitute who confesses to a Catholic priest that she plans to kill herself on her birthday. The priest attempts to find and save her, and in doing so plunges himself into a darker side of society. The film touches on themes of temptation, sin, good and evil, redemption and celibacy, as well as the boundaries between a priest providing counsel and getting personally involved with helping parishioners. It was optioned in Hollywood, but talks fell through due to complications from the global recession. It received generally positive reviews, and was released on DVD on October 27, 2009. It did not receive a national release but played at theaters in several cities. It has been shown at several film festivals, including the Newport Beach Film Festival, where Sisti won the “Outstanding Achievement in Acting” award. The script won the McKnight Screenwriting Fellowship from the IFP Minnesota Center for Media Arts. The movie was filmed and set in Coyle’s hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Several supporting roles were filled with actors from the Minneapolis – Saint Paul theater area, and Coyle himself performed in a supporting role. In the film, Father John Buerlein is the mild-mannered Catholic priest of a small parish in Minneapolis. He is unable to stop the woman before she disappears.
Father John grows obsessed with finding and helping this woman, and begins visiting the city’s red-light district with the hopes of finding her. He meets a homeless man named Gus, but with no money for him, he gives him a rosary instead. Father Ralph warns him that his unusual church manner and trips to the red-lights district have the archbishop concerned. Meanwhile, Linda visits her dying stepfather Donald Dupree, who repeatedly raped Linda in her childhood, and claims she has forgiven him even though he continues to deny any sins. He admits to caring for her about her loneliness and feelings for him. Later, he hires an unemployed boxer at his church to serve as his bodyguard as he talks to St. Clair, the pimp, who knows Linda from his boxing days, and drives her to her apartment. There, he explains to her what he had driven her to the church when he had her first driven to the first church. The pimp tells Father John that Linda lives in a neighborhood where she is considered one of the best call girls in the country. As they speak in a bar, the mysterious prostitute enters and solicits a john, who leaves with her immediately. As she goes, FatherJohn catches a glimpse of the crucifix she is wearing and tries to chase her down. He knows only that she wears a crucifix and is an Aries. Father John learns the john’s car belongs to an accountant named Steven Miller, who told Father John the prostitute is Linda.
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