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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "Ferma il tuo cuore in affanno" )


directed by Roberto Minervini
USA/Italy/Belgium 2013


Young Sara is a home-schooled teen living on an artisan dairy farm with her preacher father Tim and mother LeeAnn and younger siblings in an East Texas Christian community. While her family is selling goat cheese at the rodeo, she meets young rider Colby; but the only possible indicators of attraction is her growing distraction as she goes about her daily life, and her father outburst at her when she plots a pen fence incorrectly a possible indicator to her that her feelings are inappropriate. Not as outspoken as her friends and sisters about what she wants to do when she grows up - the choices seem limited to getting married and the number of kids or moving away for broader opportunities - she definitively states that she does not want to marry after we the audience see Colby having fun with teenage female rider Tayler (although we have had no filmic indication that she has seen them together). While a scripted fictional film might focus on the doubts insecurities as metaphors for Sara's doubts about whether she is or can be a "good Christian", the film takes the opposite tack with her stated doubt as a sort of limited expressive vocabulary for new and unfamiliar emotions. Her mother, one the other hand, in an impressive and moving long take monologue not only conveys the sense of being a good Christian as a work in progress but also all of its experiential aspects; and that in some manners her motherly love can only spiritually support and not direct her daughter). Naturalistic and moving director Roberto Minervini's documentary observes without being judgmental about this idyllic yet insular community and the ways in which they do attempt to address issues of faith, love, sex, marriage, and "submission" (although it does subtly raise some questions when Sara tells her younger brother that her father was college-educated while all of them have been home-schooled).

Eric Cotenas


Theatrical Release: 5 December 2013 (Italian TV)

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DVD Review: Big World Pictures - Region 1 - NTSC

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Runtime 1:41:21

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 4.97 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Big World Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
� Theatrical Trailer (16:9; 1:43)
� Previews

DVD Release Date: June 23rd, 2015

Chapters 10





Big World Pictures' single-layer DVD features an adequate progressive, anamorphic widescreen transfer of this feature which utilizes primarily natural light to artistic effect. The Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo track consists primarily of atmosphere and dialogue (sometimes very soft-spoken but audible). English closed captions are also included for those who can access them. The only extras are a trailer for the film and trailers for past releases A TALE OF WINTER, A SUMMER'S TALE, IN BLOOM, and CURLING.

  - Eric Cotenas


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