Judea, 33 AD. Mary is a faithful young girl from the village of Magdala (close to Galilea Lake) unsure to follow the traditions and destiny reserved to the women, living only as wife and mother, in her wish to be free. After to reject a marriage proposal of Ephraim, a family friend, her brother Daniel and her father Elisha make her an exorcism in the belief that she is possessed by a demon. Trying to find a solution Elisha asks help Jesus, a healer who is earning fame between the Jews of the zone with his speeches about a kingdom of peace and love free of hate, tyranny, oppression and prosecution, to heal Mary and that finally she obeys and submits to their will. Astonished by the charisma, personality and words of Jesus, Mary decides to follow him despite the strong opposition of her family. She meets a few men who too walk with Jesus as Peter, Andrew, James, John and Judas, who have their personal interests and ideas about Jesus' words and his revolution. At the same time that Mary ...Written by
It's admirable that a young director in the wake of Oscars success has chosen such a risky follow up, and though the result isn't completely satisfying, the attempt is worthwhile. Garth Davis proves once again his skills behind the camera can help uplift a not great material, but only to a certain extent. Although a rather elegant and serene interpretation of an eternal story, this film has little new or interesting to offer either to believers or non-believers. Fortunately this film has good performances. Rooney Mara as Mary Magdalene and Joaquin Phoenix as Jesus are effective enough and they talk with their eyes. The role of Judas Iscariot is turned on its head by a superb performance by Tahar Rahim.
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