Stigmata is a movie that works on many different levels, using the Christian belief system, it leaves to viewer to decide is it for real. But let’s start from the beginning: Stigmata’s are body marks that appear in places where Jesus Christ was wounded during crucifixion. Avoiding the pitfalls of mainstream Hollywood, it’s above all thought provoking and I love that. Plus, horror movies with religious undertones always hit the spot because religion had centuries to refine its perception of human nature and values. This examination of organized religion is a legitimate question and I’m not going to get into the question of whether god exists because it would complicate the review unnecessarily. This question is left to the viewer to answer, as it should be. Although the answer, according to reason, is negative.

When a woman (Patricia Arquette) gets the stigmata and starts having visions, a priest from Vatican is sent to investigate. A nonbelievers are not supposed to get these so called blessings, but as the movie develops we will find out why. With superb directing and great performances from three main actors (Arquette, Byrne and Pryce) this movie is engaging, and the most important thing about it is the final message from god. Whether it is that or something else it is truly a powerful message that I think did not leave much impact. So this mixture of religious content and horror elements worked perfectly, also there are subtle details regarding the history of the stigmata that only people who are really educated on the subject can notice. Enjoy.

Director: Rupert Wainwright

Cast: Patricia Arquette, Gabriel Byrne, Jonathan Pryce, Nia Long, Rade Serbedzija, Portia de Rossi

Fun Stuff: The Gospel of Thomas is a real historical document that some believe to be the actual words of Jesus to his disciples; however, the real-life document was written in Coptic, an ancient Egyptian language based on the Greek alphabet, not Aramaic, as the movie states.

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IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0145531/

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