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Mary Magdalene (2018)

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The story of Mary Magdalene.


Garth Davis
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rooney Mara ... Mary Magdalene
Joaquin Phoenix ... Jesus
Chiwetel Ejiofor ... Peter
Tahar Rahim ... Judas
Ariane Labed ... Rachel
Denis Ménochet ... Daniel
Lubna Azabal ... Susannah
Tchéky Karyo ... Elisha
Charles Babalola ... Andrew
Tawfeek Barhom ... James
Ryan Corr ... Joseph
Uri Gavriel ... Philip
Shira Haas ... Leah
Tsahi Halevi ... Ephraim
Michael Moshonov ... Matthew


Judea, 33 AD. Mary is a faithful young girl from the village of Magdala (close to Galilea Lake) unsure to follow the traditions and destiny reserved to the women, living only as wife and mother, in her wish to be free. After to reject a marriage proposal of Ephraim, a family friend, her brother Daniel and her father Elisha make her an exorcism in the belief that she is possessed by a demon. Trying to find a solution Elisha asks help Jesus, a healer who is earning fame between the Jews of the zone with his speeches about a kingdom of peace and love free of hate, tyranny, oppression and prosecution, to heal Mary and that finally she obeys and submits to their will. Astonished by the charisma, personality and words of Jesus, Mary decides to follow him despite the strong opposition of her family. She meets a few men who too walk with Jesus as Peter, Andrew, James, John and Judas, who have their personal interests and ideas about Jesus' words and his revolution. At the same time that Mary ... Written by Chockys

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Her story will be told.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some bloody and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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English | Hebrew

Release Date:

16 March 2018 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Trapani, Sicily, Italy See more »


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Gross USA:

$123,161, 30 April 2019
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Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix have worked together in Her (2013), Mary Magdalene (2018) and Don't worry, He won't get far on foot (2018). They started dating during the production of Mary Magdalene in 2016. See more »

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2 April 2018 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

Each film about Our Lord is so personal , so preocupead to say The Story than each critic sounds fake. because it is a clash between special form of expectation from public, religious faiths and portraits of Jesus and the vision /perspectives of director. but, this film is different. profound different. because the care for Bible word seems be not the priority of director and its translation in image is delicate but hurry. and that desire to give the right message, the right sense of a magnificent work and sacrifice did to the film virtues. the basic one - "Mary Magdalene" is a film about us. about our society, defined by fears, prejudices, about the fragile equilibrium between rights of men and woman, about female sensitivity who is the perfect tool for understand the fundamental word of Him. it is a special, special film because it is not what to imagine. or expect. it is not a feminist manifesto. it is not the adaptation of Dan Brown theories. it is not a provocative documentary transformed in a kind of docu-drama. it is not an eulogy. or declaration of faith. it is a splendid film in which all seems be more than ideal. the pillars - the performances of Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix. Chiwetel Ejiofor as Peter ( surprising option, but only at the first sigh ). and the atmosphere. it is not, maybe, a great movie. because each of us see it from his confessional perspective. but it is just an useful film. and, maybe, that represents the only significant thing about it. a demonstration of director for his thesis. beautiful. maybe useful. poetic. but powerful pledge for a sort of Mary Magdalene's Gospel.

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