Review of the movie: Audrey Rose

Carol Roach By Carol Roach, 5th Nov 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This review of the movie and book Audrey Rose reflects upon my feelings of Hinduism and reincarnation. It is more a philosophical commentary on the movie's theme.

Indian Culture

Since I was a young woman in college I have been fascinated by the Indian culture, the wisdom of the Vedas, and Upanishads, the various Indian deities and of course reincarnation. I am not sure if I believe in reincarnation; but, I tried at the time to read everything I could about it.

I read a lot on hypnotic regressions to former lives and I wondered if I lived as another human being in the past as well. One of my favorite authors at the time was Taylor Caldwell and I read that Taylor had been hypnotized and found that she was someone else in a former life. Later, I took courses at college and then again at university regarding the Hindu and Buddhist religions.

Atman and Anatman

Hindus and Buddhists alike believe that the soul never dies, it lives forever, and the Buddhists believe that soul is immaterial, they call it anatman, and it will go back as particles in the universe from whence it came on once a human being dies.

The Hindus believe that the soul (atman) just leaves its current body at the time of death and is born into another body. I am simplifying the whole procedure here due to article space limitations, but suffice to say that the soul can come back as many forms, human or animal depending upon the degree of goodness (karma) that the current live has lead.

Review of the book and movie Audrey Rose

When the book Audrey Rose came out I devoured it. Audrey Rose written by Frank De Felitta came out in 1975 and then the movie of the same name was released in 1977. The DVD was been released the same year.

The main actors included Marsha Mason as Janice Templeton, her character's husband, John Beck as Bill Templeton, Anthony Hopkins as Elliott Hoover, and the little girl, Ivy Templeton, was played by Susan Swift.

Basically the movie starts with Janice Templeton, a New York City mom being very concerned that her young daughter is being followed to school. Eventually the stalker reveals himself to the family, he is Elliott Hoover and he comes to them with a wild tale that he believes their eleven year old daughter, Ivy is the reincarnation of his very own daughter Audrey Rose who was involved in a car accident with her mom and burned to death when the car caught fire.

Audrey Rose died just hours before Ivy Templeton was born. Hoover did extensive research both in America and in India involving reincarnation and truly believes that Audrey Rose's soul is not at rest but living inside Ivy.

The Templetons' are skeptical. These wild accusations are those of a mad man, yet they know that Ivy has some very serious problems. She is plagued with nightmares and her doctor is not able to cure her from them. The coincidences escalate with Ivy having nightmares around her birthday each year and each of these nightmares revolve around fire. Ivy is beginning to harm herself, burning herself on the radiator, and walking into a bond fire at school. Fortunately the injuries are not that serious but enough to make Janice Templeton believe Hoover's claims.

The situation takes a turn when Hoover kidnaps Ivy claiming that she is his daughter. There is a court case where the battlefield plays itself out. To back up Hoover's claims, of a court appointed doctor hypnotizes Ivy.

The ending is worth its wait in gold.

I am not going to reveal the climax of the movie, go by the DVD, and suffice to say I loved it.

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Retired therapist and author of two books, freelance writer, newsletter editor, and blogger. I write, health, mental health, women's issues, animal , celebrity, history, and SEO articles.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
6th Nov 2015 (#)

Interesting post!

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author avatar onenow
7th Nov 2015 (#)

I do Past-Life Regressions and have found over the years that the therapy is beneficial to people regardless of whether or not they believe that reincarnation exists. There is power in going through the process and allowing the subconscious take you to events you need to look at for challenges in your current life. Somehow by looking at these circumstances (whether they really occurred or not is not for me to say) a healing occurs and it is manifest in the current life. I have seen many events I consider miraculous.

I don't know if your reincarnation research included the books of Brian Weiss or Michael Newton, both Psychiatrists, but their books were what inspired me to learn and practice the regression work. It is powerful medicine.

- Elliott

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author avatar Carol Roach
7th Nov 2015 (#)

I know that the mind is very susceptable to suggest, and that puts a doubt on the validity. I was trained under Canada's greatest forensic hypnotist/psychology. Who in turn was turn was trained by one of America's greatest hypnosis specialist and psychologist. You see my field is psychology.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
7th Nov 2015 (#)

Carol, thank you for sharing such an excellent review. I find this whole subject to be amazing.

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