Murmuration Open Access

Berns, Matthew Samuel (2017)

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In a modern-day adaptation of The Scarlet Letter, Chris Siskin, a Jewish convert moves with her Jewish husband, Adam, to her Catholic suburban hometown. When she discovers her eight- year-old son nude in bed along with his sleepover, Chris and Adam decide to harbor this revelation from other parents and neighbors. As a thinly veiled resentment of Chris' family lurks in the town's consciousness, this tightly kept secret threatens the Siskin's slim opportunity to reacclimate to Chris' hometown and stabilize her marriage. When the indiscretion is finally exposed, the Siskin's must decide how to best protect and parent their children. The film contemplates the facade of suburbia, overparenting, and supposed religious bigotry in the 21st century through a mother struggling with her past, present, and future of her family.

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