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El evangelio de las Maravillas (1998)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Francisco Rabal ...
Papá Basilio
Mamá Dorita
Flor Eduarda Gurrola ...
Tomasa (as Edwarda Gurrola)
Carolina Papaleo ...
Patricia Reyes Spíndola ...
Rafael Inclán
Rodrigo Ostap ...
Gina Morett ...
Juan Carlos Colombo
Rafael Velasco ...
Marta Aura
Asunción Balaguer ...
Mujer de la congregación
Teresa Mondragón


"La Nueva Jerusalem" is a small community of believers lead by Papá Basilio (Rabal) and Mamá Dorita (Jurado). They're waiting for the second coming of Christ, so they've abandoned the world, searching for a new spiritual life. Mamá Dorita sees in young Tomasa (Gurrola) the signals of the chosen one. The young girl will be the new leader in "La Nueva Jerusalem". Written by Maximiliano Maza <>

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A Rapturous Masterpiece!!!
27 August 2004 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

On initial viewing, this biblically-revisionist flick is ludicrous and wickedly funny (sample here one of its many classic throwaway lines: "Deny all things electrical, for the devil can enter its filament..." Such zingers alone are worth the ticket price already.

But having seen this jangly quirk of a movie in its entirety, I can only express retrospective incredulity. Everything fell into place when the end came..... In fact, El Evangelio de las Maravillas boasts of one of the most unbelievable last scenes ever. With that scene, the entire film's focus was shifted onto one minor character. And in so doing, it took one of the most courageous stand on the issue of "faith" the world of cinema has ever attempted since Michael Tolkin's "The Rapture". The "message" was conveyed so forcefully, I burst out with a huge gasping WOW!!!

Yes, this divine work of art meditates on the synergistic meaning of faith, identity, fate and cinema (don't ask). And guess what, it completely obliterated them, re-org the pieces and presented thereafter, a whole new world of ideological possibilities. Its sentient vision and kaleidoscopic ideas were so dense and richly rewarding, it will surely take several repeated viewings to fully soak them in.

So hear me out, good people. Go hunt down and devour El Evangelio de las Maravillas. Be feverishly swept up by its ambitious reach. For this here is a rapturous feast for the willing (and dare I say, faithful). Let this film's astounding denouement awash you with a bliss most sublime.

And you heard it here first.....

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