The Secret Scripture (2017)

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The hidden memoir of an elderly woman confined to a mental hospital reveals the history of her passionate yet tortured life, and of the religious and political upheavals in Ireland during the 1920s and 30s.

"The Secret Scripture" is a 2017 drama film directed by Jim Sheridan. The film is a multi-narrative adjustment of Sebastian Barry's 2006 novel of the very same name, featuring Vanessa Redgrave and Rooney Mara as the older and younger variations of lead character Roseanne McNulty.

Plot Overview
The movie alternates in between 2 timelines. The modern storyline follows the senior Rose (Vanessa Redgrave) living in a mental organization in County Roscommon, Ireland, where she has actually been a patient for 50 years. She keeps a secret journal where she narrates her life experiences. As the medical facility is set to close, a considerate psychiatrist, Dr. William Grene (Eric Bana) decides to review her case.

The flashback sections illustrate young Rose (Rooney Mara), exposing how her life took a regrettable turn. Rose is a lovely, seductive young woman who catches the attention of two guys - a fighter pilot Michael Eneas (Jack Reynor) and a priest, Father Gaunt (Theo James). She marries Michael and they develop an infant, however their joy is short-lived. After Michael passes away, Rose is forcefully restricted in the mental organization by Father Gaunt under the false allegation of infanticide.

Key Themes
"The Secret Scripture" handle styles such as the abuse of power, misogyny, spiritual intolerance, and concealing inconvenient truths. The film provides an awful photo of how corrupt spiritual and social norms adversely affect the lives of innocent people, particularly females. Rose's vigor and innocence are required to succumb to the dreadful conditions of the hospital and the soul-crushing allegations brought against her.

The climax offers an unanticipated twist, which shocks Dr. Grene. He realizes that Rose never killed her infant. Rather, Father Gaunt, after being turned down by Rose, orchestrates the narrative to punish her. Gaunt switched Rose's healthy child with another infant who died in the health center. Rose's kid is, in reality, still alive and is revealed to be none besides Dr. Grene himself.

In the end, Rose lastly finds freedom after living half a century in wrongful confinement. However the revelation that Dr. Grene is her long-lost boy serves a bittersweet ending. Despite the heartbreaking situations, Rose reveals amazing durability and fortitude throughout her life. Her private narrative, 'The Secret Scripture', stands testament to her untold suffering and indomitable spirit. Dr. Grene's recognition of his mom and his discovery of his genuine heritage offers closure to Rose's tragic story and a new starting to his own.

"The Secret Scripture" is a tale of withstanding love and inexplicit loss, painting an unflinching photo of a dark stage in Irish history through the individual tragedy of Rose. The movie's story is viscerally powerful, and Vanessa Redgrave and Rooney Mara provide commendable performances, efficiently catching the distress, the strength, and the tenderness of the character they both depict.

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