Episode 115: Lynne Littman’s Testament (1983)

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In this episode, I talk about Lynne Littman’s 1983 film, “Testament.” It’s about how a mother and her children in a California town survive the aftermath of a nuclear bombing. We don’t know who dropped the bombs, what has happened in the rest of the country, and we’re not provided any political details. The film is solely about this family and how they confront the gradual and horrifying deterioration of their bodies due to radiation poisoning and the breakdown of society. Without a doubt, this is the most terrifying film I have ever seen. I talk about grief and loss, what makes the film so emotionally powerful, and the difference between watching it before and during the Covid-19 pandemic. There are spoilers in this episode.

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