Mary Magdalene
Mary Magdalene is a person who has been much debated among historians and theologists: this film wants to free her figure from old preconceptions (like the idea of Mary being a 'fallen woman', a prostitute, often pictured in other adaptations like 'Jesus Christ Superstar') and presents her as an intelligent and courageous young woman, having a mind of her own, who decides to become a faithful pupil of Jesus.
In the village of Magdala a young girl is about to be given away for marriage. It is against her will, so she refuses the proposal. Her brother and her father want to exorcise her because they think that a demon might be responsable for her stubbornness. But it turns out that Mary simply has other inclinations, and when she meets the charismatic leader of a small group she feels that life might hold something meaningful for her. The film presents one possible version of the well-known events, but this time the focus is on Mary. If that's enough for a real good movie experience or not, it is up to everyone's subjective taste. The film doesn't try to be subversive, it tells the events in a simple and measured way, lacking real flashy drama or astonishing revelation. There is a fine and correct acting from the part of Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix, and a beautiful music from the part of famous Icelandic composer Jóhan Jóhannsson, but most of the critics have found the film rather too low-key. 
28 March 2018
Hungarian title: Mária Magdolna
British drama, 120 min, 2018
The divisive story of Jesus and Mary Magdalene.
Directed by:

Garth Davis

Distributor: UIP-Duna Film
Premiere: 29 March 2018
(9 pictures)

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