Cinematic Doctrine

Redeeming Love - A Marriage of Sacred & Secular

March 22, 2022 Melvin & Dan Season 1 Episode 103
Cinematic Doctrine
Redeeming Love - A Marriage of Sacred & Secular
Show Notes


Before Dune, Daniel saw a trailer for Redeeming Love. After the trailer played, he leaned over to his friend and said, "I think that's supposed to be a sexy Christian movie.". So, here we are talking about that "sexy Christian movie". Boy, there sure is a lot to talk about here.


  • Melvin compares Redeeming Love to an awkward interaction he witnessed at work. 
  • Redeeming Love contains some rather extreme and transgressive content despite having a serious lack of context. 
  • Daniel details some background for Redeeming Love, author/screenwriter Francine Rivers, and director D.J. Caruso. 
  • Redeeming Love is loosely based on the Minor Prophet book Hosea from the Bible. 
  • Each character feels devoid of personality which may work in both a shorter and more artistic film than Redeeming Love ends up being. 
  • Where Redeeming Love works is where it leans heavily into its "inspiration", but even then, that's not success from talent, that's success from... copying Scripture. 
  • Discussing the comparatively excessive conveniently censored nudity in Redeeming Love
  • Additionally, discussing all the other crazy content that borders on "Christian misery porn." 
  • As we continue our discussion, the 2+hour runtime of the film continues to be a recurring issue. 
  • At least the sets and outfits are fun! 
  • Questioning why the film didn't display the complicated dynamics of sexuality (gentle self-sacrifice vs aggressive selfishness) in a way that can be both edifying to its performers and beneficial to the narrative structure. 
  • One glaring issue throughout the film is each character's severe lack of agency. 
  • Observations from other reviews and responses to Redeeming Love
  • Is this a Christian exploitation film in the traditional sense of an exploitation film? 


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