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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Samantha Mathis ... Bettina Lloyd
Stephen McHattie ... Mike Lloyd
Nicky Guadagni ... Myra Lloyd
Peter Mooney ... Father Steve Flannagan
Stefano DiMatteo ... Paolo Toratelli (as Stefano Colacitti)
Maria Ricossa ... Maria Toratelli
Dan Petronijevic ... Ben Lloyd
David Fox ... Karl Manniing
Lawrence Dane ... Bishop Edward Werther
Ron Lea ... Father Paul Montoya
Kaleigh Nevin ... Alicia Corbett
Sherry Miller ... Chancey Parker
Kristin Adams ... Young Bettina
Chris Asaro Chris Asaro ... Young Paolo
Gerry Quigley Gerry Quigley ... George Watson
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Bettina Lloyd, a journalist whose career never really took off, is sent by her editor in chief to her small-town birthplace in Ohio, where the Roman Catholic church is taking serious the claims for a series of alleged medical miracles. Of course she also gets in contact again with the people from her past, such as her brother Ben, a school coach, and her father, who feels that his daughter should concentrate on starting a family to give him grandchildren, not on a career, that's for the son. Written by KGF Vissers

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English

Release Date:

11 September 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Absolución See more »

Filming Locations:

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

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Blueprint Entertainment See more »
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1.78 : 1
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At the emotional turning point in the church when Bettina accepts the Father's offer of help, she has him re-baptize her. Re-baptism is not permitted in the Catholic Church as it is unnecessary and would actually be a sacrilege as it calls into question the original validity of the baptism. The Church teaches that Baptism is a once-for-all sacrament that washes away original sin, gives sanctifying grace, and imparts a supernatural character upon the soul that makes a person a Christian. During the recitation of the creed at Mass we even say we "acknowledge ONE baptism for the forgiveness of sin..." See more »

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The Lord Moves in Mysterious Ways
11 September 2013 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Manhattan magazine reporter Samantha Mathis (as Bettina "Betty" Lloyd) is given a tough assignment. The 33-year-old is sent to her small Grandville, Ohio town, after an emotionally driven 15-year absence. She is to investigate reports of healing miracles being performed through her comatose former high school boyfriend Stefano DiMatteo (as Paolo Toratelli), assisted by his mother Maria Ricossa (as Maria). Skeptical due to a "dark secret" in her past, Ms. Mathis finds her family dealing with health issues...

Heart, cancer and alcohol problems are involved in the lives of papa Stephen McHattie (as Mike), mama Nicky Guadagni (as Myra) and brother Dan Petronijevic (as Ben). Mathis debates the existence of God with handsome young priest Peter Mooney (as Steve Flannagan). She points out what God is not responsible for healing and notes where God is not found, without considering the deity may be targeting Mathis herself. "Absolution" is no revelation. With the best-written role, Ms. Guadagni shines.

***** Absolution (9/11/06) Holly Dale ~ Samantha Mathis, Nicky Guadagni, Stephen McHattie, Peter Mooney


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