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Rated NR · 144 minutes · 2018

Drama, Mystery
In this hazy French drama about the dueling natures of truth and faith, a hardened warzone journalist (Vincent Lindon) answers the Vatican’s call to investigate a young woman who claims to have seen the Virgin Mary on a hilltop in southern France. Believers worldwide flock to the site, while the reporter, a skeptic, digs into the girl’s troubled past and clashes with local clergymen who appear to profit from the alleged event. Though the narrative begins with intrigue, and cinematographer Eric Gautier (Into the Wild, School of Life) provides some visual thrills, the film is overlong and unconvincing in the end. Most notably, the connection that writer-director Xavier Giannoli attempts to draw between the journalist and the visionary is flimsy at best. In French and Italian with subtitles.
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Director: Xavier Giannoli
Cast: Vincent Lindon, Galatéa Bellugi, Patrick d'Assumçao, Anatole Taubman, Elina Löwensohn, Claude Lévèque, Gérard Dessalles, Bruno Georis, Alicia Hava and Candice Bouchet

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