There Be Dragons (2011)
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.
Arising out of the horror of the Spanish Civil War, a candidate for canonization is investigated by a journalist who discovers his own estranged father had a deep, dark and devastating connection to the saint's life.
- (From Studio synopsis) There Be Dragons follows the story of controversial Opus Dei founder, St. Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer, in a sympathetic portrayal of the Catholic organization, bravely contradicting the sentiment set by Dan Browns The Da Vinci Code. In this action-packed film, Director Roland Joffe surrounds the priest with fictional characters and deals with universal themes of love, betrayal and redemption.
The film begins when a young journalist begins investigating his estranged fathers relationship with Escrivá during the tumultuous times of the Spanish Civil War and uncovers a compelling drama of the two mens complicated lives and the dark secrets of his familys past.
Faced with the hardships and injustices that are tearing Spain apart, these two friends paths diverge when one pursues a life of faith and the other is swept into the brutality and horror of the Spanish Civil War.
As personal and national battles rage, the characters lives collide and their deepest struggles are illuminated. Only then can they face the ultimate choices that will result in tragedy or triumph, and a chance for final redemption.
There Be Dragons reveals the importance and timeless power of forgiveness in a story of loss between a father and son, of revolutionaries fighting for freedom, of a womans search for love and meaning and the struggles of a man whose life impacts them all.