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Purgatory House

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Cindy Baer

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About the Movie

Written by and starring 14-year-old Celeste Davis, this groundbreaking film is a living, breathing snapshot of how it feels to be a teen in today's disconnected world. Purgatory House begins where most stories end, as it chronicles the after-life journey of a lonely teen who abandons her life of turmoil and drug addiction, only to find herself caught somewhere between heaven and hell. There, she must choose whether she will accept her drab existence or finally discover within herself the power to change. Told in non-linear fashion, this stylistic coming-of-age film offers a quirky, uncensored glimpse into the mind of today's American youth.

Customer Reviews

Great Movie

I bought Purgatory House a few years ago and I love it. It is one of my all time favorite movies. Celeste did a wonderful job writing and starring in it. All the actors did a great job. And Cindy Baer did a wondful job directing.

Two Thumbs Up!

Watched it with my 14-year-old niece and we both loved it.

Must see!

Purgatory House is a philosophical, insightful film, which is truly eye-opening. It reminded me that we're losing touch with each other and forgetting what is meaningful: our families, our friends and each other. The fact that 14-year-old Celeste Davis' wrote a movie with the premise of "maybe I'd be happier if I killed myself" is a sad (but very real) reflection of the spiritual state of teenagers today. Most films about teens offer idealistic images without depicting realistic consequences to actions. But what's outstanding about this movie is it doesn't do that. The gritty, grassroots nature and style of the film very much fits the subject matter and gives a palatable feeling of what it may be like to be in this girl's skin. Another rare thing about this film is is that it doesn't point fingers in the wrong places. At the end of the day, it reminds us that responsibility lays where it should; with the individual. We are each responsible for our own happiness. And there is hope. This young writer's reflections on life (and death)is an amazing opportunity that can bring us all a bit closer, if we take it.

Purgatory House
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  • $7.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2004

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