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说到2009奥斯卡,很多人都会想到Slumdog Millionaire。其实,你知道吗?这一届奥斯卡还有一部很不错的最佳影片提名电影 — 《Doubt》。故事背景是发生在60年代的纽约。整套戏围绕着教会学校校长老修女Sister Aloysius和神父Father Brendan Flynn。校长怀疑神父猥亵教会的学生。面对校长豪无根据的指控,神父及力为自己辨护。单看Meryl Streep这位老戏骨,再加上影帝Philip Seymour Hoffman的演出,这部戏包你看了不会失望。

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戏里有好几个片段非常发人深省。其中一段说到神父在一场布道(sermon)上,非常技巧的利用小故事来反击诋毁自己声誉的校长和年轻修女。他说:

A woman was gossiping with her friend about a man whom they hardly knew – I know none of you have ever done this.

That night, she had a dream: A great hand appeared over her and pointed down on her. She was immediately seized with an overwhelming sense of guilt.

The next day she went to confession. She got the old parish priest, Father O’Rourke, and she told him the whole thing.

‘Is gossiping a sin?’ she asked the old man. ‘Was that God All Mighty’s hand pointing down at me? Should I ask for your absolution? Father, have I done something wrong?’

‘Yes,’ Father O’Rourke answered her. ‘Yes, you ignorant, badly-brought-up female. You have blamed false witness on your neighbor. You played fast and loose with his reputation, and you should be heartily ashamed.’

So, the woman said she was sorry, and asked for forgiveness.

‘Not so fast,’ says O’Rourke. ‘I want you to go home, take a pillow upon your roof, cut it open with a knife, and return here to me.’

So, the woman went home, took a pillow off her bed, a knife from the drawer, went up the fire escape to her roof, and stabbed the pillow. Then she went back to the old parish priest as instructed.

‘Did you cut the pillow with a knife?’ he says.

‘Yes, Father.’

‘And what were the result?’

‘Feathers,’ she said.

‘Feathers?’ he repeated.

‘Feathers everywhere, Father.’

‘Now I want you to go back and gather up every last feather that flew out onto the wind,’

‘Well,’ she said, ‘it can’t be done. I don’t know where they went. The wind took them all over.’

‘And that,’ said Father O’Rourke, ‘is GOSSIP!’

怎么样?爱八卦散播遥言的人肯定有所感想,不是吗?

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