Mr. Movie

'Takva' provides complex look at Islam

Takva means understanding God.

A simple, honest, competent man of the Islamic faith is asked by the leaders of his Turkish mosque to assist in the management of its finances. Muharrem isn’t the brightest light bulb in the chandelier. It is this simplicity that attracts him to his leaders. They know he can be trusted.

So Muharrem is given a car, nice suits, a cell phone and the power to collect rent and do other financial chores that make the mosque money.

Money corrupts. So does power. Soon everyone wants to know him, he’s given preferences not afforded to others. It bothers him. His job and what the sect is doing conflicts with an understanding of the commandments of Allah.

The debate and lessons on hypocrisy fit not just Islam but other religions. An exploration of life outside of the boundary of what we consider moral is fascinating.

So simple is this story. Yet so complex.

Mr. Movie rating: 4 1/2 stars.

Not rated, probably PG-13 for mature themes. It plays April 3 at 8 p.m. at Battelle Auditorium.

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen

4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.

3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.

2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.

0 stars: Speaks for itself.