What exactly is a courtship? (Probably at some point you have at least heard of it.) What are your thoughts about it?
Disclosure: As I share my review with you, please know that I have been compensated for my time and that I received this product for free. Opinions I express with you- either positive or negative- are honest and completely mine.
A courtship is basically a way in which couples seek emotional and physical purity before marriage. However, there are different ways in which couples define courtship- and some can be more extreme than others.
Many families in Christian homeschool circles speak of courtship, embrace it and practice it. (Think, the Duggars.) This number, however, may be in the minority. While a normal practice for many Christian couples, there are still even more Christian families have never heard of the concept of courtship, or better yet, who don’t understand it fully.
I was offered an opportunity to review Amy Kohn’s documentary, A Courtship. Grateful for the opportunity to explore the world of courtship in depth, I determined to remain neutral throughout the film in order to gain a glimpse of what courtship could mean for some families.
Here’s the trailer, just to give you a sneak peak:
The DVD cover:
I have to admit it was difficult to remain neutral, since although the film is neither for nor against courtship, the reality that unfolded through the chronicles of 33-year-old Kelly seeking a mate through courtship was eye-opening.
The ending felt like a cliff-hanger and I was left with an uneasy feeling about courtship and a desire to become more informed about this way of life.
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A Courtship, which received its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, is what some call “Christian matchmaking gone awry“. In the documentary, Kelly, a 33-year old virgin, turns over the rights of her love life to her “spiritual parents” who help to guide her through the process of choosing a mate. (Her biological parents completely disagree with the idea.)
She moves in with her spiritual parents and at this point decides to allow her life to be guided by her spiritual father’s decisions. They basically took full responsibility for the selection and interview process of potential mates, and observed with a keen eye each suitor that had some potential. This included vetting of political and spiritual stances before any suitor might have a chance.
One in particular was so close to maintaining his status in the family as the new suitor for Kelly, but when his views differs from theirs, there was definite conflict.
I won’t spoil A Courtship for you- you’ll just have to see it for yourself.
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