While on a train, a teenage boy thinks about his life and the flamboyant aunt whose friendship acted as an emotional shield from his troubled family. This film evokes the haunting quality of memory while creating a heartfelt portrait of a boy's life in a rural 1940s Southern town. - IMDb
The Neon Bible is a very poignant tale of past but limited fame, coming to terms with being out on a limb and a young boy’s involvement in family disputes, conflicting ideals and the mindlessness of the American Bible Belt and its sad, sick religious doctrines.
The sickness in the hold that religion had over the gullible and feeble-minded, and the high level of corruption and greed that went hand in hand with it, left its mark for far too many Americans for a large number of years.
The boy fighting against the instability of family life; siding with his aunt and being denied the rights to grow up in a more comfortable world, adds to the conviction that not all children were rewarded by sound family bonding.
Rating: 7 Peter Pan is alive and well, but which Peter Pan, I hear you ask?