‘The Mission’ Review: A Mormon Documentary In Which Travel Seems More Narrowing Than Broadening

‘The Mission’ Review: A Mormon Documentary In Which Travel Seems More Narrowing Than Broadening
Though not mandatory, a stint of missionary service is common among young Mormons, with men and (to a lesser extent) women mostly between 18 and 21 sent to Lds outposts around the world for evangelical work by the thousands each year. They comprise the most public face of a church still regarded by many outsiders as secretive and strange, and thus are an object of natural curiosity, if also some popular ridicule. During the Sundance Film Festival, even the streets of Park City itself have paid testament to the ubiquity of their cheerful accosting of strangers with the word of the Lord. It is disappointing, then, that this year’s virtual Sundance premiere title “The Mission” should promise a peek behind this particular holy curtain, only to reveal so little.

Tania Anderson’s documentary charts the voluntary missionary stints for four youths assigned 18-to-24-month proselytizing stints in Finland. Sending all these sheltered,
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