Filmwell: Rectify as “Christian Art”

Picture form the Rectify TV series…Season 1 of Rectify played on Sundance last year, and a new season has recently begun.  If this season is anything like the last, Seitz’ suggestion that the show is “truly Christian art will only become clearer. Season 1 casts Daniel as an exile, his return fraught with the anxieties of Jacob returning to the anger of his brother Esau or the prodigal son to a jilted father. Much of the town, like the older brother in that parable of Jesus, reserves judgment for Daniel.Law vs. grace. These are the two basic components of any Christian narrative, the competing threads that bind together the tangle of stories we call the Bible. And they are present in Rectify at the most elemental level…

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