Breaking Glass Pictures provides the best of two of its worlds in releasing the 2017 drama "Good Favour." This movie with eerie overtones is set in the modern era and centers around an Amish-style farming community in the woods of central Europe. Having these folks speak English while outsiders speak the mother tongue is one of many unexpected touches.
"Favour" opens with clearly in distress teen Tom wandering into the aforementioned community. A local family takes him in long enough to nurse him back to health. This leads to the community needing to decide the fate of this outsider. The terms for his continued presence include fully accepting the governing beliefs and the way of life.
Tom already is a mystery before his involvement in local intrigue. All that is known about him is that he does not have any family. His performing a seeming miracle in his new home further shines a spotlight on him. Physical evidence that he is the boy with something extra enhances the sense that he is the second coming. A highly symbolic scene provides another indication that the buck stops with this doe-eyed lad.
All of this transpires at a time that an elderly woman seems on the edge of dying; this prompts a debate regarding whether to leave things in the hands of God or to commit what many consider the dual sins of bringing her to the outside world and putting her in a hospital. Some believing that Tom offers a third option that involves a form of divine intervention creates more drama.
The eyes of the world being on the community for reasons that have nothing to do with the new kid on the block is another source of tension, This centers around an indication that the children of the corn are being mistreated.
The underlying story itself is compelling and warrants watching "Favour." The related issues of conformity, religious belief, and integrating outsiders provide good food for thought. This is not to mention the element of raising children in a rigid closed community both tending to make them creepy and creating potential for tragedy.