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Steve Thompson's rating of the film Agora - Die Säulen des Himmels

Though bombastic and overcooked in emotional and thematic development, this ambitious tale of ancient Alexandria has some genuine philosophical and ethical integrity, not least due to its solid research and keen relevance to contemporary issues of gender, education and religious fanaticism. Rachel Weisz as earnest but heroic philosopher Hypatia also lends enough genuine dramatic quality to redeem the spectacle.