Heaven Will Wait

Le ciel attendra

Schedule

Monday, Nov. 5 at 4:20pm
Thursday, Nov. 8 at 4:15pm
Plaza Frontenac Cinema
Plaza Frontenac Cinema

“Heaven Will Wait” tells the story of two young women tempted by radical Islam. At 17, born-again Muslim Sonia intends to leave her family to join ISIS in Syria. At first convinced that jihad is the only way for her and her family to go to heaven, Sonia appears to slowly come back to reason after her plans are thwarted. By contrast, 16-year-old Mélanie is sucked further into a terrorist vortex. Raised by her mother, Mélanie leads a seemingly ideal life that revolves around her school, her friends, and her cello lessons. But on the Internet, she begins to argue with a “prince” — an ISIS recruiter — who manages to wash her brain. Filled with guilt for not having recognized the changes in their children, the parents of Sonia and Mélanie watch helplessly as their daughters metamorphose into potential jihadists. Their anguish is reflected in the film’s third narrative strand, as Sylvie seeks news of her daughter, who’s disappeared to fight in Syria. Screen praises “Heaven Will Wait” as an “emotive, worthwhile drama” that “successfully evokes the human heartbreak beneath the news headlines.”

2016
105 min.
French

Directed by

Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar

Country

France

Film Category

International Spotlight Robert French and French-Language Focus Women in Film Spotlight

Subject

Class Issues Religion/Faith Youth

Genre

Drama