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Rated PG-13 · 120 minutes · 2011

Roland Joffe (The Killing Fields, The Mission) wrote and directed this ragged biopic about Spanish priest Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer, founder of the controversial Roman Catholic movement Opus Dei, who was canonized in 2002. Charlie Cox plays the cleric as a selfless idealist who risks his life during the Spanish Civil War by flaunting left-wing Republican forces. But, as if to counter the allegation that Escriva was too chummy with Franco's allies, Joffe gives him a fictional nemesis in the form a childhood rival turned Fascist spy (Wes Bentley). The resulting mix of hagiography and war epic is so muddled that characters keep addressing each other by their first names, the better to tell them apart. The introduction of a suicidal rape victim incarnating the Virgin Mary is particularly infelicitous. With Dougray Scott, Geraldine Chaplin, and Derek Jacobi.
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Director: Roland Joffé
Producer: Ignacio Gómez-Sancha, Roland Joffé and Ignacio Núñez
Cast: Charlie Cox, Wes Bentley, Dougray Scott, Unax Ugalde, Olga Kurylenko, Pablo Lapadula, Golshifteh Farahani, Rodrigo Santoro and Derek Jacobi

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