A young slave girl, Anna, is rescued and adopted by Christians in 2nd Century Smyrna and befriended by their aged bishop, Polycarp. As Anna is taught by Polycarp and her new family, she ...
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A young slave girl, Anna, is rescued and adopted by Christians in 2nd Century Smyrna and befriended by their aged bishop, Polycarp. As Anna is taught by Polycarp and her new family, she struggles to reconcile her beliefs with those of the Christians. When the Roman proconsul demands that all citizens worship Caesar to show their allegiance to Rome, Polycarp and the Christians must find courage to stand for their faith against the growing threat of persecution. Anna is forced to come to grips with the truth and choose whom she is willing to live-and die-for.Written by
Tedious film. No decent sense of character anywhere, overcome by over-piety of the production team. As someone else's review mentions, the ignoring of much history is abundant; and the approach is also historically extremely shaky in many areas concerning the nature of the apostolic church, with a clear didactic purpose in mind. For example, the collection of Polycarp's relics is the first time this happens in recorded history, yet this film doesn't want to tip a nod to branches of Christianity which venerate relics and simply does not mention this at all - indeed the shying away from anything after his death (no relics, no miracles) seems to be emphasising a rejection of the doctrine of the communion and intercession of saints. All the portrayal of Polycarp's own ministry is done as if he is a modern protestant evangelical preacher, akin to a pious Baptist perhaps, and the Eucharist has no sacramental properties in the film; there is no formal liturgy involved, despite contemporary writings attesting to a liturgy something like modern Orthodox/Catholic liturgy and a sacramental theology not far different. Polycarp was a major bishop in a hierarchy that was established in the generation before with remarkable detail (cf. letters of St Ignatius, St. Clement and Polycarp himself), yet the church is presented as informal and a matter for local piety only. It seems the creators of the film, having chosen their subject, were just too unwilling to accept its reality. So in summary:
Boring if you are looking for some drama
Probably loaded/misleading if you are looking for theology/ecclesiology
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