Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene

DVD - 2019
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Directed by Garth Davis and set in the Holy Land in the 1st century BC, a young girl (Rooney Mara) leaves behind her small fishing village and her traditional family to join a new social movement radical. At its head is a charismatic leader, Jesus of Nazareth (Joaquin Phoenix), who promises that the world is changing. Maria is looking for a new way of life and an authenticity denied by the rigid hierarchies of the time.
Publisher: [Canada] :, Elevation Pictures,, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE MAR
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (120 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches
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Feb 19, 2020

When watching this I got the real story of who Mary Magdalene was I mean because for the longest time Mary was percieved to be a whore (excuse my language.) and with this story she was only percieved that way because she would not marry a man she didn't love and her family was very upset about that because it was tradition for women to marry and have babies, which was something Mary did not want to do. She went on to follow Jesus on his Journey she was known as one of his female disciples plus she was the first one to see Jesus die on the cross and the first one to see him resurrected again. All these years if you are religious and heard the same story I would say watch this film and you get the true version of this person.

Dec 23, 2019



A very well produced Christian movie with great actors and acting!



Nov 18, 2019

Beautifully filmed and acted; great choice of location and colour palette to fit the mood of this story telling.

Nov 12, 2019

I really wanted to like this film but it was hard going, with lots of rewinding. Also, I kept falling asleep due to the "beige" color palette and beautiful but hypnotic score blurring out the dialogue.

Watch it if you have a great deal of patience -- and if you can get the subtitles track to work. The subtitles track would not play on the free VCL Media Player that I use.

Joaquin Phoenix (Jesus) mumbles his dialogue for the entire film and his beard and acting choices make it impossible to lip read him, even in close-ups. Rooney Mara and others did better but director, Garth Davis and sound designer Robert Mackenzie, buried what enunciation the actors had under a beautiful but too loud score in many key scenes.

This is a story that needs telling but this script & director seem to be trying to tell it without offending orthodoxy too much so those who have not already studied The Gospel of Mary may not even get what is being said, it is so subtle...and mumbled. (Though I can roll with the director perhaps trying to pull a VERY META twist on "Those who have ears, let them hear." Or several ways as I mentioned above. I have not read such theories about Garth’s intent but it crossed my mind as I tried to debrief my frustrations with the film.)

The last few minutes of the film were thrilling and uplifting. These moments beautifully imply that early Christian women stepped up to support Mary Magdalene, to hold the truth about the peaceable kingdom being within, while Peter ran off with his stubborn misinterpretations and the male disciples, thus, mucking things up for Christian humankind for many centuries. A final "ahhh" but hard won. ++cj

Sep 30, 2019

2018 A little slow and plodding for me. Well filmed and acted.

Sep 23, 2019

Gospel according to Mary Magdalene, a feminist rebel and the enlightened Apostle in 33CE. Her authority and legacy in the Church is described in the film's postscript:

According to Christian Gospels, Mary of Magdala was present at both Jesus’ death and burial, and is identified as the first witness to the resurrected Jesus.

In 591, Pope Gregory claimed that Mary of Magdala was a prostitute, a misconception which remains to this day.

In 2016, Mary of Magdala was formally identified by the Vatican as Apostle of the Apostles—their equal—and the first messenger of the resurrected Jesus.

Sep 21, 2019

Not sure this film follows the Bible as I read it, but is a very good story. A little creepy when Mary is always staring at Jesus. She is also always following him and hiding so she can't be seen by anyone else. Judas was the best. I was able to see what drove him.

Sep 14, 2019

I was absolutely transfixed by the story and the outstanding production values of this film. The acting, the locations, the message---sublime! The greatest story ever told as seen through the eyes of a woman---refreshing, deeply moving. Five stars.Must see!!!


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Sep 23, 2019

"What Will it be like? The kingdom?" And he said, "It is like a seed, a single grain of mustard seed, which a woman took and sowed in her garden. And it grew, and it grew. And the birds of the air made nests in its branches."
What did he talk about?
-A new world. A just world, free of tyranny. A holy kingdom. I saw him heal a man by the beacon.
The kingdom, it can't be built through conflict. Not by opposition, not by destruction. It grows with us, with every act of love and care, with our forgiveness. We have the power to lift the people, just as he did, and then we
will be free, just as he is. This is what he meant? And we've been walking
this path to revolution, as if the kingdom would be born in flames and blood.
And just outside that door, there is no new world. No end of oppression. No justice for the poor, for the suffering.

Sep 23, 2019

The world will only change as we change.
Mercy. That was mercy.
What is it you long for?
-I'm not sure. To know God.
And yet you've felt God's presence.
-Sometimes, in the stillness, I think I feel it.
It's always been there. All it needs is your faith.
How does it feel to carry that anger around in your heart? Does it lessen as the days go by? We have the power to relieve their suffering. It is up to us.
It's not right that you come here now to tell us he has chosen you before us, that he has brought you some special message.
-He gathered us for what was inside. We were all precious to him. We were all his apostles. Every man in this room is his rock, his church upon which he will build his glorious new world with one purpose and one message.

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