Posted by: Christine Johnson | July 15, 2006

Movie Recommendation

I forget which Catholic blogger recommended it, but I want to thank whichever one it was who talked about the movie The Mission. This movie, starring Jeremy Irons and Robert De Niro, was about Jesuit missionaries who establish missions in Brazil in the 1700’s. One Jesuit in particular manages to convert a tribe who was so hostile that they crucified the last priest who went to them and sent his body down a waterfall (if he was even dead by then).

De Niro plays a man who kills his own brother and has a conversion.

The movie was beautiful, and completely sensitive to the Jesuits. Meanwhile, it showed the lack of care that the Spanish and Portuguese governments had for the natives in South America. In this movie, the Jesuit priests, the missionaries, are the heros. I cried several times, once at a moment of forgiveness (double, really – of another and one’s self) and near the end. (I don’t want to give a spoiler here, I want you to rent the movie!)

You can get it at Netflix. Don’t be scared away by the fact that it won a top honor at Cannes and an Oscar. It was done in the 1980’s, and it was fantastic!

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