Bless You Prison

DVD Release: May 6, 2003
Bless You Prison
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Synopsis

The true story of Nicoleta Valery Grossu’s amazing survival in a Romanian communist prison camp and how faith in the Lord enabled her to transcend the relentless cruelty. It was an experience unspeakably brutal…
To be taken away from home and thrown in jail without any trial.
To be interrogated night after night, having to spend days in a cell.
To be tortured to give away innocent people.
To have the courage to say what you think no matter the consequences.
To see how a fellow inmate swaps sides and becomes your worst enemy.
Not to be able to help your loved ones imprisoned along with you.
You can betray. You can die. Or you can find God.
Nicoleta Valery Grossu found God in a communist prison.
Blessed be thy name, prison! This is the story of her life.

Dove Review

“Bless You Prison” is a remarkable and inspiring film! It tells the true story of Nicoleta Valery Grossu and her imprisonment in a communist prison from 1949 to 1953. The inhumane treatment she endured is mind boggling, but her steadfast faith in Christ carried her through as she became a beacon of light to other inmates. Maria Ploae is outstanding in her role as Nicoleta.

During a voiceover in the film Nicoleta says she never felt closer to God than when she was in prison. Despite being beaten on the feet and rear with a club, almost starving at times, enduring taunts from the guards, and many other injustices she stayed faithful. She helped others, getting into trouble once for making sure food was tossed to those in solitary. In one scene Nicoleta feigns a toothache in order to check on a friend who was taken to the infirmary. The guard pulls her tooth out without giving her anything for the pain, but she does find her friend and speaks with her. In the first prison she was in, cell 24, she scratched various Psalms on the walls. Later, at another prison, she meets a woman who was held in cell 24. The woman tells her she was comforted by the scriptures and wants to find the woman who wrote them so she can thank her. Nicoleta smiles.

Nicoleta is finally released and the film concludes with a synopsis about the rest of her life. Due to a few graphic scenes with beatings and some blood, and a woman hanging after committing suicide, we are awarding the movie our “Faith-Based” Seal. It is a powerful film and “Bless You Prison” will remind every viewer to be grateful for freedom. It serves as a reminder that God is with us in all situations.

Content Description

Sex: Comment about the prostitutes and thieves in the prison; woman attempts to be funny and when the guards hear voices the woman says the women are in heat without a man.
Language: G/OMG-2; H (as a place)-2; Bas*ard-1; Stupid Wretch-2; Old Fool-1; Pig-1; Stupid woman-1; Women are called "lazy" by guards on several occasions; Shut up-1.
Violence: Woman slapped more than once; woman hit on feet with club, she has to walk on bloody feet in her cell; woman struck on rear with club; woman's face shoved into a table and wall and we see her bloody nose; woman's tooth pulled out without pain medicine and we see blood; sign warning anyone going past it will be shot; guns are held to a few women's heads; woman cuts her hand while working and it is bloody; depressed woman is found hanging; woman falls while working and blood is seen coming from her mouth.
Drugs: Cigarette smoking; man asks for cigarette.
Nudity: None
Other: Woman has to go to the bathroom with a guard watching, we see her pull down her undergarments but nothing graphic; a voice says "leave my child alone;" guard lies to woman; comment about a boy killing himself; woman's bloody open wound is shown and treated; women are forced to lift heavy sacks and to work hard; while the women travel by train one woman lifts her skirt and leans against a rail to relieve herself.

Info

Company: Gateway Films / Vision Video
Producer: Ager Film
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 86 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter