Oleanna

1994

Drama / Thriller

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IMDb Rating 6.7 10 2,741

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William H. Macy as Father Brendan
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89 min
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89 min
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Reviewed by heriberto-larios 10 / 10 / 10

The peril of uniformity and conformity

This is an example of the danger of extreme application of "political correctness" in order to defend the "right" to mediocrity, to intolerance, censorship and questioning of the establishment. Carol, the student is a perfect example of the kind of personality needed to enforce either a fascist state or a witch hunt. Her arguments used to define sexual assault takes away the intention of the act and substitutes it not even for the appearance of the act but in the perception of the victim. I explain, the act in question can be seen as an assault or as kidnapping (retaining Carol against her will) but the act cannot be sexual; the last scene as well has a murderous attempt but not a sexual connotation and it is a reaction to a false accusation (perjury). The bottom line is that the self-portrayed victim becomes the victimizer by waving the arguments that make her a victim (sexism, racism, humiliation) and she becomes sexist, cruel, humiliating and patronizing in the name of a distorted concept of political correctness. The mere concept of political correctness, is non-sensical if it is only a way to behave but not of thinking.

Reviewed by aimless-46 10 / 10 / 10

A Good But Neglected Message

Oleanna gets my solid recommendation, at least for people who like small movies with really intense acting performances. Adapted pretty much straightforward from the play it benefits from the intimacy of television, as it gets no benefit from being on a big screen. It is not really a feminist film as neither character is portrayed in a particularly flattering manner. Oleanna is basically a two-character film, which is divided into three sections, corresponding to three visits by a young college woman to her professor's faculty office. It is a small elite college and coming from a modest background she has had to make a lot of sacrifices to attend the school. As we come to know her we see that she harbors an "extreme" amount of resentment concerning these sacrifices. The Professor (William Macy who played the role on the stage) is pompous, arrogant, and overbearing. He pontificates excessively and having him as your instructor would not be an inspirational experience. His approach to teaching and the film's title (a reference to a couple who sold swampland to unsuspecting saps) is a slap at the rip-off that passes for higher education. Carol (Debra Eisenstadt) is flunking his class, her work is inadequate but she feels entitled to special treatment because of her disadvantaged social situation and her many sacrifices to attend the school. It is on this point that the play/film is especially interesting because part of her situation has merit, she simply wants him to teach her-to respect her and her aspirations for an education (i.e. to actually be a teacher). And someone from her background should receive help with the technical terms and theoretical abstractions, which are already familiar to those who received better preparation in high school. Toward the end of her first visit the professor for unknown reasons switches from stern taskmaster into his paternal mode and seems to realize that he really should be doing his job better. But Carol misinterprets his sudden interest and on her second visit informs him that she and a support "group" are going pursue a sexual harassment complaint with his tenure committee. Her allegations, when viewed out of context appear to have merit and upset him enough that he physically blocks her exit. This simply compounds his trouble. Her third visit occurs after he has been denied tenure and is packing up to leave the school. While clear that the professor has never had any sexual interest in her and was not trying to trade sexual favors for a grade, Carol's interpretation of his actions seems reasonable and sincere until she attempts to blackmail him and then condescendingly admonishes him about the pet name he uses for his wife. At that point you realize that she is a nut case who has irresponsibly ruined his life, in part because of her resentment about her overall situation at the college and in part because of desire for power. This makes for a intriguing twist as Carol is revealed as one of those well meaning people so caught up in the rightness of their cause (and the seductive power of suddenly having influence) that they become blind to the human consequences of their actions.

Reviewed by oowawa 10 / 10 / 10

Oleanna: the sham promised land behind Academia?

One writer perceptively suggests that the term "Oleanna" was used to describe swampland being sold as prime real estate. I think the primary context in which the title "Oleanna" is to be understood appears in a "folk" stanza preceding Mamet's published edition of the play: "Oh to be in 'Oleanna,'/ That's where I would rather be,/ Than be bound in Norway/ And drag the chains of slavery." And so, Oleanna is a version of a Utopian promised land, and in the context of the play, the gateway to this better tomorrow is through the halls of Academia. Susan, the victim of her own false expectations of how the university is to transform her existence, repeatedly mentions the struggle she had to endure in order to get into college. For her, academic success is central to her vision of a better life. John, the pedantic professor, also sees Academia as the means to a comfortable, upper middle class existence with his new house, wife, and son. All he needs to do is make tenure, and his future is secured. However, John presents himself as an academic bad-boy who debunks the very Academia with which he is trying to secure his comfortable future. This ridicule of the academic process strikes at the heart of Carol's dreams of a better future through education. She quite rightly sees that the professor is trying to have it both ways--playing the academic outsider while trying to kiss-up to the tenure committee in order to ensure his cushy new home in the suburbs. When someone's dreams are threatened, they become angry and strike out, however they can. This is a brilliant movie. Anyone working in a high school or university, and anyone contemplating an academic career, needs to watch it, and allow it to soak deep into the structure of the brain. Perhaps that academic career isn't such a good idea, after all. Maybe that utopian real estate is really swampland. At any rate, one needs to be very, very careful when dealing with students.

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