The Vatican sends a priest to verify some miracles, performed by a woman who has been nominated for sainthood. During his investigation, the priest, who is experiencing a crisis of faith, re-discovers his own purpose in life.
A skeptical Bishop sends a broken priest as Postulator to investigate the possible beatification of a simple, devout woman whose death caused a statue of the Virgin Mary to bleed upon and cure a girl with terminal lupus. The politically weary priest unknowingly embarks on a spiritual journey that rebuilds his shattered faith and life.Written by
Jim Norman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The German expression "dummes Zeug", uttered by archbishop Werner during the tribunal, means "rubbish". See more »
At one point when Frank is reviewing the video of Helen and the children by himself, the children are playing ring-around-the-rosy and Helen is bending down in the middle of them. The shot then fades to a face forward close up shot of Helen just standing there looking at something, but the children are still singing/playing ring-around-the-rosy See more »
You were there, weren't you? What did you see? Did you see the miracIe?
No, it was an unwise miracIe. Unwise and capricious. To grant the wishes of a gypsy girI, to spare her famiIy when millions... when millions died! Caprice of God! I wouId say it to God if He were in this room. I wouId say it to Him!
And He isn't in this room?
Don't debate with me. We are not before that pompous ass Sarrazin.
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Well played, well filmed- but I just don`t get it !
For a non-practising protestant this film poses somewhat of a mystery. Its well directed, the acting is good, and the filming is sensitive and beautiful.
The script however leaves me more or less clueless. The plot is basicly about a catholic priest who is assigned to test the possible sainthood of a recently deceased lady credited with two miracles. During the investigation he has has to face his own fears and doubts about his faith plus a various selection of earthly temptations.
Surprisingly the film seems to side with the whole catholic idea of sainthood, celibacy and a priesthood living their lives under the oath of obedience. This seems to be something as rare as a modern religious missionating movie.
The films other qualities makes it recommendable even to a non religious audience, but i think you have to be catholic to truly appreciate the script.
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