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A young journalist long ago rejected by his now aged and dying father finds himself investigating one of his father's former friends, a candidate for canonization. Uncovering the two men's complicated relationship from childhood through the horrors of the Spanish Civil War unveils a compelling drama filled with passion, betrayal, love and religion. An action packed story set during a murderous time in history that ultimately serves the present by revealing the importance and timeless power of forgiveness. Written by
Finally an epic movie that does not trivialize religion
Roland Joffe of The Mission and The Killing Fields wrote and directed There Be Dragons. The film's music, storyline and visuals have that quintessential Joffe feel and look. This epic historic drama is well crafted, even if it starts off a bit slowly. The film looks at the early life of the Catholic saint Josemaria Escriva, founder of Opus Dei, the controversial Catholic organization recently caricatured by the book and movie versions of Dan Brown's DaVinci Code. A self-described agnostic, Joffe takes the religious aspects of the story (most of which are supposedly based in fact) seriously and with finesse, which is at once rare and welcome. The movie has war themes, battle scenes, a love story, intrigue, catharsis and more. The end leaves you wanting to know more about Josemaria Escriva. I highly recommend this film.
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