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Mary Magdalene (2018)

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Twelve men heard and spread the message of Jesus. Only one woman understood it.

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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
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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.

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

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Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix were friends since they filmed Her (2013), they started dating In 2016, while filming this movie. They got engaged in 2019 and in 2020 on Mother's Day, Rooney Mara is expecting their first child together. See more »

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[first lines]
Mary Magdalene: And she asked him, "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."
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Referenced in Flat Earth & Revelation 10: Reach the Oxygen (2016) See more »

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A Struggle to Stay Awake
11 April 2018 | by sinapismeSee all my reviews

A huge disappointment after 'Lion' - a film with great emotional appeal, and if it could have been criticized for minor deficiencies in structure editing and pacing, they are all hugely evident in this depiction of the relationship between Mary Magdalene and Jesus. Garth Davis' overriding motivation is to show that Mary was not a prostitute . Rooney Mara's delicate beauty and implied sensitivity make this a most unlikely circumstance to start with. This combines with the sadly limp and at times scarcely audible dialogue to dispel any tension in the story, and sets our minds wandering into the dangerous frontiers of the land of Nod.

On his way , Garth does a demolition job on the New Testament version. Mary's demons are not cast out by Jesus - the attempted exorcism, one of the few dramatic moments in the first hour, is sponsored by her father. When father and brothers come to the disciples camp to reclaim Mary, the disciples refuse to let her go - shades of current dubious religious cults, and hardly Christian in spirit. Jesus meanwhile, played by a hopelessly miscast Joaquin Phoenix, shambles around like a down and out rising from an all nigher under a cardboard blanket, showing no signs of the charisma the real Christ must have possessed. He doesn't ride into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, and his wrecking of the tables is no more than minor vandalism of some planking before he is restrained. Peter is an African, and Judas, the villain, is portrayed as the most lively and likeable of the disciples and so it goes on.

In the end, does it really matter if Mary Magdalene had been a sex worker? The Gospels show that such so called sins mattered not one jot to Jesus.

My rating reflects the excellent photography and costumes, and a fine attempt to recreate a sense of time and place.


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16 March 2018 (UK) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$46,646, 14 April 2019

Gross USA:

$124,741

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,710,110
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