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Mary (2005)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 11 November 2005 (Italy)
The Virgin Mary delivers a message to an 11-year-old girl.

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Abel Ferrara
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Juliette Binoche ... Marie Palesi / Mary Magdalene
Forest Whitaker ... Ted Younger
Matthew Modine ... Tony Childress / Jesus
Heather Graham ... Elizabeth Younger
Marion Cotillard ... Gretchen Mol
Stefania Rocca ... Brenda Sax
Marco Leonardi ... Apostle Peter
Luca Lionello ... Apostle Thomas
Mario Opinato ... Apostle James
Elio Germano ... Matteo
Emma Nitti ... Johanna, Mary's follower (as Emanuela Iovannitti)
Chiara Picchi Chiara Picchi ... Salome
Angelica Di Majo Angelica Di Majo ... Martha
Ettore D'Alessandro ... Apostle Andrew
Alex Grazioli Alex Grazioli ... Apostle Matthew
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Three characters linked by the mythical Maria Maddalena - Mary Magdalene... Tony Childress, an infamous, egotistical and obsessive actor/director is playing the lead role of Jesus in his controversial new film THIS IS MY BLOOD. When the shoot wraps, Marie Palesi, his lead actress, is left alone in Jerusalem, drained, empty. 'Selfless'. Into the void within her is poured the spirit of Mary Magdalene, and Marie embarks on a profound journey towards enlightenment. Meanwhile, in New York City, tv journalist Ted Younger begins his own quest for spiritual truth through his documentary about the life of Christ. When the premiere of Tony's film becomes the target of bomb threats by the vengeful religious Right, the lives and paths of these three characters come dramatically together. Written by Jason Grimshaw

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It takes courage to walk in the truth.

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Drama | Thriller

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Release Date:

11 November 2005 (Italy) See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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incoherent and confusing
3 November 2007 | by dromascaSee all my reviews

It is really hard to understand what kind of message this film is supposed to convey. We have several threads of story that start and seem to lead nowhere. Juliette Binoche is an actress who after acting as Mary in a film about the life of Jesus is struck by religious fervor and apparently starts identifying herself wit the the Bible character. Forest Whitaker is a religious TV host who does not seem to care to much about God, but when disaster strikes his personal life he remembers Him and starts praying and believing - are we supposed to believe as viewers that this sincere? The film about Jesus starts some kind of controversy which seems to refer to Mel Gibson, but the real Mel Gibson as much as I may not like him is certainly sincere in his beliefs, and does not look like the cynical character in this film. Although 'Mary' lasts only 83 minutes the screen time is too long, so it is filled up with scenes of the biblical story (from the film in the film, or trying to convey some confuse metaphor? who cares?) and an episode of a Jewish Passover celebration in Jerusalem interrupted by an act of terror with no connection whatever with the rest of the story.

It is hard to grasp why this film was made, what is it really trying to say and why actors like Juliette Binoche and the now-Oscared Forest Whitaker got involved with it. They act well, but it's wasted talent. Unless you are a fan of Bible inspired films, there is no good reason to spend the time seeing it.


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