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Narratives exploring relationships in modern British society
Nigel Mather

left one marriage because it was not an ‘equal match’, so we cannot know if they will stay together. The fact that they can joke about relationships going disastrously wrong might be seen as a positive note on which to end. Mark Kermode, in his review of the film, described this as a ‘bitter-sweet denouement’, which left him wondering if it ‘would have been better’ if this particular couple had ‘never met’. 93 If Disobedience shows a prospective couple parting at the close, torn apart by religious dogma and societal pressures, Loach and Paul Laverty’s film

in Sex and desire in British films of the 2000s
Exploring gender, anti-racism, and homonormativity in Shamim Sarif ’s The World Unseen (2001) and I Can’t Think Straight (2008)
Alberto Fernández Carbajal

relationship with Hani and is forced to leave Leyla. However, Leyla’s eyes have been opened by her affair with Tala to the inexorability of her same-sex desire and she sees no way back to Ali or to pretending to be heterosexual. She decides to ‘come out’ to her family, and will eventually persuade Tala to do the same, as an immoveable condition of their relationship. Familial responses to their homosexuality constitute a typical assemblage of mainstream religious dogma and internalised Western homophobia. Leyla stuns her mother, Maya, by proclaiming

in Queer Muslim diasporas in contemporary literature and film
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Speculations of morality and spirituality in Arthur Conan Doyle’s writings
David Beck

engage in serious religious contemplation, his speculation upon the need for deduction in religious analysis is influenced by Bell’s observational method. Holmes states, ‘[t]here is nothing in which deduction is so necessary as in religion […] It can be built up as an exact science by the reasoner’ ( ibid. : 686). This was a key note of Doyle’s early religious questioning, stressing the importance of an un-blinkered study and reflection upon religious dogma. Uncharacteristically, Holmes continues: Our highest assurance of the goodness of

in Tattoos in crime and detective narratives
Questioning gender roles
Brigitte Rollet

role of a female extraterrestrial (Mila), widow and mother of five, sent to Earth to see what is going on. What could have been an interesting element (namely that she is half extraterrestrial and half earthwoman) is soon forgotten. The opening sequence which recalls Zefirelli’s Jésus de Nazareth (1976), and which is anyway highly biblical, gives the tone. Not that we are entering the realm of religious dogma, but more that we are in the sphere of the sacred. What is sacred here is the earth which gives and produces, a wonderful

in Coline Serreau
Barry Jordan

The Others began as a small-scale, art film project for the European market. The intended setting was Chile, Amenábar’s birthplace. The ambition was to explore the repressions of his childhood, especially the impact of religious dogma on family life and the education of children. Over time, however, the film was transformed into the most expensive, biggest-grossing, box-office hit in Spanish film

in Alejandro Amenábar
Barry Jordan

powerful parable which suggests a quasi-apocalyptic outcome when we allow religious dogma and its fanatical adherents to challenge and usurp the power of reason. 8 In historical terms, however, neither the above martyrdom thesis nor the destruction of the Great Library of Alexandria are supported by solid, empirical evidence. In fact, in Amenábar’s book of the film, mentioned above, the accompanying text concedes that, by the

in Alejandro Amenábar