I have seen two films this week which are closely related to Guadalupe. The two are The Nativity Story and Apocalypto. These are a very good trio to see. Guadalupe is a low budget film from Mexico which is off the radar screen in the U.S.A.. I believe it only played in a few theaters in some big cities. Yes, it is low budget and does not have the polish of Hollywood. It does have heart. It does move slowly at times but it is worth it. The subtitles are not well done like in Apocalypto but it works. The movie cleverly intertwines the investigation of the history of an apparition of Mary in Mexico many centuries ago and a modern family.
Actually some theories of other explanations that are scientific for the apparition are mentioned in the film so this film is not one sided. Ultimately, there is a very satisfying conclusion for both the family and the investigation. This film received loud applause from the entirely Hispanic audience. This film should have been released in mass with the Nativity Story and Apocalypto. It is obscure now along with another fine movie no one has seen called Gospel of St. John.
Apocalypto involves human sacrifices in ancient Mexico and Guadalupe refers frequently to sacrifices as well as the change to Christianity in Mexican history. Also the apparition is of Mother Mary whose origin is covered in The Nativity Story. This is all so great for both Christians and historians and movie buffs. It is too bad there is such low attendance and publicity. This film is a must see.
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