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(2002 / 4), NR [13-NR*] (84.6min)

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January 30, 2012
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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2002 / 4), NR [13-NR*] ... I would say this is not a family film. But that is not my call to make.

Production (US): Ager Film SRI
Distribution (US): Gateway / Vision Video
Director(s): Nicolae Margineanu
Producer(s): Nicolae Margineanu
Based on the 1976 memoirs of Nicoleta Valérie Grossu (formerly Nicoleta Valérie Bruteanu)
Screenplay by: Nicolae Margineanu, Catalin Cocris, Tudor Voican
Music: Petru Margineanu
Film Editing: Melania Oproiu
Viewed on Vision Video DVD

This film is a hard look at inhumanly brutal prison life in the Communist Romanian prison system in the mid 20th century. In 1949 political activist Nicoleta Valéria Bruteanu (Maria Ploae) is torn from her home and whisked off to the Mislea prison, a monastery turned prison, without a trial because of her involvement in an underground in opposition to communism. For three months night after night she is brutalized, tortured and beaten for the names of her "co-conspirators."

In this real-life-to-screen presentation of Nicoleta's four years in a Romanian prison and a Soviet labor camp, Nicoleta finds God while serving her four years.

Nicoleta had a foundation in the Scriptures but had not come to know Jesus personally. Then one day in cell #24 Nicoleta found Scripture verses scrawled into the paint of her cell walls. The verses scratched into the paint conjured all the verses she had learned as a child and she began scribing Psalms into the paint with a sharpened plum pit. Nicoleta's time at Mislea was cut short when she was re-assigned to the labor camp building the Black Sea-Danube canal where hundreds of women prisoners dug the canal almost with their bare hands.

In terms of violence and the inherent emboldenment of the viewer by it, I would say this is not a family film. But that is not my call to make. It is your call, mom/dad. We give you the details of the content of films that you might be in a better position to make an informed moral decision whether a film is fit for your kids. We tell you what is there and apply God's word to it. You decide for what age stratum a film is fit.


Following are brief discussions of the content per individual content investigation area. As always the Findings section of this report, the heart of the CAP Analysis Model, is the best source for discovering the full accounting of the content of this film.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
The content of the film found by this investigation area found enough violence to be R-equivalent. An example of the violence portrayed included Nicoleta being forced in a chair with her lower legs resting on the seat of another chair in front of her just like the one she was sitting on with her bare feet protruding through the back of the second chair while an interrogator sat on her legs to lock her feet in position then another interrogator beating the bottoms of her feet with a baton. Repeatedly. Nicoleta was then required to spend all day walking about her cell.

In many verses, Proverb 16:29 in particular, God warns us of the proselytizing properties of violence on the one who witnesses it, especially but certainly not limited to s/he who embraces it when witnessing it. He warns that such influence can lead one "into the path that is not good": that violence can be "contagious." Hundreds of years after God "published" His position regarding violence, man plagiarized God's Word regarding the proselytizing effect of violence by four professional public health agencies jointly publishing their findings that warn, among other things, that violence in and as entertainment can lead the viewer, especially the young, to real life violence: that violence in and as entertainment can lead the viewer to believe violence is an acceptable means of settling conflict. But do we listen? Do we care?

Impudence/Hate (I) - 72 out of 100
Only two uses of profanity were found but they, together with the cruel depravation of basic human needs, the intense portrayal of hatred and the government home invasion stole, a little over 25% of the starting 100 points in this content investigation area.

Sexual Immorality (S) - 84 out of 100
No "sex" was found but brief bathroom behaviors and a couple sexual innuendo cost the film sixteen of its starting 100 points in this content investigation area.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 88 out of 100
The only content found applicable to this investigation area was the repeated cases of smoking cigarettes.

Offense to God (O) - 61 out of 100
God's name was used in vain twice [Deut. 5:11] but each time without the four letter expletive plus the portrayal of communism and its demonizing of faith in God took nearly half of the starting 100 points in this investigation area. [Gal. 6:7]

Murder/Suicide (M) - 88 out of 100
There were no murders found but one of the prisoners committed suicide by hanging herself which was graphically portrayed. One of the Ten Commandments says we are not to commit murder [Exod. 20:13]. One might think "But that verse speaks to murder, not suicide." One must realize suicide is murder. Murder of the self.



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  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good. [The issue is the violence, the 'way that is not good' no matter how "small" or "fantasy" or "justified" the violence might seem, and its "leading" effect on the observer. "A violent man" can be any character of any age, any gender, human or not in the act of committing (demonstrating in the case of entertainment) violent behavior/action whether for good or evil OR the violent behaviors/actions themselves. Such exposure can and does embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. It took years for the American professional health community to finally affirm, probably without knowing it, that which God told us in 1 Cor. 15:33 below. See also Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children: Congressional Public Health Summit for more information. Their findings include:
    --> Children who see a lot of violence are more likely to view violence as an effective way of settling conflicts. Children exposed to violence are more likely to assume the acts of violence are acceptable behavior.
    --> Viewing violence can lead to emotional desensitization towards violence in real life. It can decease the likelihood that one will take action on behalf of a victim when violence occurs.
    --> Entertainment violence feeds a perception that the world is a violent and mean place. Viewing violence increases fear of becoming a victim of violence, with a resultant increase in self-protective behavior and a mistrust of others.
    --> Viewing violence may lead to real life violence. Children exposed to violent programming at a young age have a higher tendency for violent and aggressive behavior later in life than children who are not so exposed.
    Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV.]
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain. [Vain is shav {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as in slang or profanity. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or responsible discussion and in praise and prayer is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name or title even if as a euphemism. So, trying to excuse such expressions with "I was talking TO God/Jesus when I said that" or It's just words" or "I was acting" will not work with Him. Nor will "Everybody says that" excuse the sin of using His name in vain. If everyone on the planet who has ever drawn a breath used His name in vain, it would still be a sin to do so. If no one ever did, it would still be a sin to do so. Whether we believe it or not. Whether we like it or not. Whether we care or not.]
  • Gal. 6:7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked [mukterizo {mook-tay-rid'-zo}: to turn up the nose or sneer at, deride]. A man reaps what he sows.
  • Exod. 20:13 You shall not murder.

    Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry

  • Jer. 37:9 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not!
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend what is vile, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it.]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away.]
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    Bless You Prison (2002 / 4) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
  • emotional and verbal brutality of varying intensity by prison staff, frequent
  • sounds of prison terror
  • physical brutality by prison staff, repeatedly, some intense and graphic
  • repeated showing of beating injuries
  • talk of son committing suicide
  • bloody injury, twice
  • brutal dehumanization of prisoners, repeatedly
  • firearm threats, repeatedly
  • gunfire to intimidate
  • firearms to control, repeatedly
  • brutal dental procedure
  • fall resulting in death
  • talk of attempts at suicide

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 72 out of 100
  • two uses of profanity
  • government home invasion
  • cruel depravation of basic human needs to intimidate
  • harsh verbal demonstration of hatred of God and man

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 84 out of 100
  • brief restroom nudity
  • innuendo re: fondling and sexual relations
  • woman lifting her dress to relieve herself

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 88 out of 100
  • smoking, repeatedly

    Offense to God (O) - 61 out of 100
  • denial of the existence of God and His Sovereignty
  • many blaming god for miseries

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 88 out of 100
  • hanging suicide

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    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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