The filming of a chronicle of Jesus’ death in Israel deeply affects three people–an egotistical director who cast himself as Christ, the actress playing Mary Magdalene who cannot bring herself to leave Bethlehem and a TV journalist whose spiritual doubts start to consume him.
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Long nurtured as a project by Abel Ferrara with various screenwriters, Mary finally emerged as a furiously compressed film, a dazzling montage of ideas about how to live spiritually in a corrupt, modern world.
An author film, like a trinity. Three stories make one: Marie the actress playing and becoming Marie Madeleine in Jerusalem; the film coming on screens in new york presented by its selfish and pretentious director; the presenter of a tv show, lost, uncertain and scared by the possibility of his wife and son's death. A beautiful film, and the perfect actors.
I wish there was a movie with really innovative ideas about our relation to god and his part on our creation, that really shook religion and raised anarchy. This movie just reminded me how far we are from getting one.
Très intelligent : les invités de l’émission, comme le théologien Jean-Yves Leloup, sont réels. On se rend compte que, si les évangiles apocryphes sont vrais, ce n’est pas qu’une question théorique réservée aux croyants, mais cela modifie tous nos rapports entre êtres humains. Toutefois, le film ne va pas assez au fond des choses sur le mystère de la foi et donne une impression d'amateurisme, comme souvent chez A. F.
Un film métaphysique et puissant dans la famille de PI d'Aronofsky (comment suggérer la présence invisible du divin ?), qui met en scène le judaïsme et le christianisme, et traduit une crise personnelle devant un sentiment de vacuité, la recherche sincère d'un salut ou d'une paix intérieure.
Nice directing and acting from Whittaker and Modine (it kept me hooked) to compensate for the lack of everthing else.i don't know where to start - the screenplay is so stupid, why did they need 3 writers for that (probably wanted to make it hyperintelligent).there are a few plots but none of them go somewhere.There is arab-israeli conflict, some faint ideas of agnosticism, some strong ideas of faith.too much for 80'
2,5 stars. A nice experience and a good review about life in the heavy days we live in these days. Just think what you're doing, what we're doing and rethink if you can change something in life to make it a little bit better for yourself and your dearest.