In early 18th century Peru an old Inca rope bridge collapses, plunging five travelers to their deaths in the Andean chasm below. Brother Juniper, who was within minutes of being on the bridge himself, becomes obsessed with discovering how five people of differing class and circumstances came to be on the bridge at that moment. The Catholic friar wants to know if it was mere existential happenstance or part of God's cosmic plan. After researching the lives of the victims for five years and publishing his findings in a book, he is accused of heresy by the worldly Archbishop of Lima and is put on trial for his life by the Inquisition.Written by
I loved this movie. I did have to watch it twice in order to follow all the names and details. I had a hard time believing Kathy Bates as a Spanish Dona, and found Robert DeNiro's role as a Spanish archbishop also very odd. But that didn't keep me from enjoying it. It left me with a strange sense of awareness at how our lives are all intertwined in one way or another. The music to it stuck with me for days. There was also something about the time and period that grabbed me and stuck in my heart, 'though I don't know why. Call me wimpy or whatever, but I sat there and thought about it for a long time after it was over, and then I cried. I'd watch it again and again if I had the DVD (I rented it).
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