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The Mirakle (2005)

 -  Comedy | Fantasy | Short  -  5 March 2006 (USA)
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Two priests, Pep and Bruno, become fed up with preaching day after day to a congregation that is not present. They have truly hit bottom, and will do anything necessary to bring the ... See full summary »

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Two priests, Pep and Bruno, become fed up with preaching day after day to a congregation that is not present. They have truly hit bottom, and will do anything necessary to bring the community back into the church. After a few failed attempts, Bruno goes on a soul searching mission by himself in the woods. He comes across a false prophet who claims to be a priest, and offers a vial of miraculous holy water. The holy water reveals itself to be a concoction extrapolated from the souls of lunatics, and ultimately causes the main priest to have horrific visions. We are left wondering what happens to the church, as well as the people who have now come seeking a vision induced by the potion of a mad man. Written by Johnny Fulci

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satire | fable

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Nobody said miracles were easy...

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The Archdiocese of Boston tried to stop the film from happening. In a letter to Roberto Bentivegna, Bishop O'Malley described the script as being "blasphemous", as "not reflecting the teachings of the Catholic doctrine" and sent out a circular letter to the churches within the Archdiocese asking for the boycott of the production. Luckily Father Vincenzo Rosato had a sense of humor and allowed his church to be used. See more »

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A dream is myth personalized. A myth is dream generalized.
6 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Regarding genre, there seems to be a recently emerging tendency in film not towards merely bending genre, but in some sense making the term irrelevant entirely.

"The Mirakle" is one of these strange, idiosyncratic films. When asked to explain the film, I pile adjective on adjective in a fruitless attempt to easily fit it in the palm of my hand.

In the end, the film does fit, is digestible... but the formula I produce to describe it seems strange to me: a satirical theological buddy comedy that is a bleak look at modern psychology, faith (or lack thereof) and temptation with elements of horror and a generally mythological tone? It is the profoundly personal work of a good-humored Catholic who seems to have his doubts -- and at the same time, the questions it raises regarding organized religion and the modern drive towards a 'quick fix' at the dawn of the 21st century are applicable not just to the Catholic faith but to all people of faith.

It questions faith, and it affirms it. It condemns man, and exalts him. In some way, it flirts with praising the Devil, yet lets us see him, in the end, as he is.

It looks light, but it feels heavy.


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