Ernesto is a successful artist who has his life turned upside down by his family's wishes for the canonization of his murdered mother. His extreme dislike for her ignorant ways brings about a greater connection with his insane brother who killed her, while his other brothers favor her beatification. There is a struggle of wills and will power.Written by
Sujit R. Varma
(per orchestra d'archi) (1991)
Music by Aaron Jay Kernis
Performed by Minnesota Orchestra
Conducted by Eiji Oue
Edizione A.M.P. su licenza BMG Ricordi (Casa Ricordi)
gentile concessione EMI RECORDS Ltd / VIRGIN CLASSICS
EMI Records Ltd / Virgin Classics, 2001 See more »
An often fascinating and disturbing, occasionally arch and over the top, look at faith
A divorced atheist painter, removed from his family, comes to find out they are quietly plotting with the Church to have his mother canonized as a saint – mostly for personal gain and prestige - even though there's great question as to how much the 'official' version of his mother's life has been distorted and re-invented to help the cause.
There's something chilling, in a moody, David Lynch, Nic Roeg sort of way about the handling of this nightmare scenario (the director calls it 'a very strange thriller'), where a man is pressured to accept his clearly flawed, cold, and distant mother as a saint 'for the good of the family'.
But along with it's skewering of people using religion to very non-religious ends, there's also the pain and confusion of a man without faith grasping to make sense of life, parenthood, and love.
There are some plot lines that lead nowhere, just leading to more questions. Some of it gets a little Gothic, to the edge of silly, but the performances, music and camera-work keep pulling you back in, and haunting moments have stayed with me.
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