Vernon, Florida: The Stories We Tell

vernon-florida[…] the film has a secondary theme that I detected through its focus on the importance of religion for this small community. Indeed, we get to hear a sermon in the middle of the film about the significance of the word “therefore” in the Bible. We might extrapolate from this that the film is partially about consequences and belief systems, and specifically what compels a person in life. While religion is certainly prominent (one man describes how it was God’s will that he found the van that he wanted at a price he was willing to pay), other characters in the film talk about the significance of luck for them (like the sherif who luckily avoided a gun shot wound). But more amusingly, the film’s most important character, the turkey hunter, seems to be driven passionately by the hunt itself.

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