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Paul S. said in April 14th, 2017 at 2:40 pm

This film is *actually* rather good. The film proposes that radical sanctity such that the saints of old exhibited may only be found in a rigid, traditional, setting. The protagonist is flawed, just as St. Therese of Lisieux was flawed. The mother is overbearing, just as St. Monica probably was. The question one must ask oneself is this: if a child in the modern world truly strove for sanctity, would it not seem unreasonable, even dangerous? If the protagonist is anything, she is a witness and sign of contradiction to the modern world. The film really amazed me by taking the Faith seriously, but not by some made-for-EWTN hagiography. It’s one thing to expect the worst from the world of cinema – it certainly has a bad record when it comes to respecting the sacred, but this film should be fairly judged after watching, not pre-emptively condemned. This is really a modern day metaphysical masterpiece – I find it heartening that there is media being produced such as this, Calvary (2014), and The Young Pope (2016) that grapple with the realities of the Church’s saving mission in a fallen world.

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