Doubt is based on an acclaimed stage play of the same title, with both artistic mediums written and directed by John Patrick Shanley. The film stars Meryl Streep, Amy Adams and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Doubt is photographed beautifully by Roger Deakins and an exemplary sequence stands out in a set up that arouses suspicion.
1. Sister Aloysius (Streep) lets her doubt about Father Flynn (Hoffman) be known to her sisters at the dinner table. From her seat, she accommodated her eye line into the camera.
2. In the subsequent scene that depicts the following day, the shot displays direct eye contact from Father Flynn to Sister Aloysius but their timelines are incongruent. Rather than Sister Aloysius, Father Flynn was in fact, looking up to the glow of the morning light.
3. The shots line up in a stunning display when Father Flynn's point of view happens to be the cathedral window in the form of God’s eye.
The ending of Doubt leaves the audience with an ambiguity over the suspicions and actions of an individual. However, if Sister Aloysius’ gaze truly represented the eye of god, then the key to answering the ending of the film lies in this sequence. After all, John Patrick Shanley is the creator and god of Doubt’s narrative.