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Mary

Released Jun 9, 2006 1h 26m Drama Mystery & Thriller List
59% Tomatometer 17 Reviews 43% Audience Score 500+ Ratings
An actress (Juliette Binoche) undergoes a spiritual transformation after playing Mary Magdalene in a film. Read More Read Less

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V.A. Musetto New York Post Mary is a mess. An inter esting one, yet still a mess. Rated: 1/4 Oct 17, 2008 Full Review Stephen Holden New York Times Mary is a convoluted, hysterical mess of a movie with grandiose spiritual airs and not a drop of humor. Rated: 2/5 Oct 17, 2008 Full Review Eric Henderson Slant Magazine A triune plot that Ferrara digs into with sleeves fully rolled up. Rated: 3/4 Oct 16, 2008 Full Review Fernando F. Croce CinePassion Stylistically sophisticated and emotionally visceral Aug 26, 2009 Full Review Matthew Nestel Boxoffice Magazine Many Ferrara faithful fetching for something uncanny will line up and get what they bargained for. Rated: 4/5 Oct 21, 2008 Full Review Jon Frosch Film Journal International Cult director Abel Ferrara bites off more than he can chew with this murky, unfocused exploration of religion and faith in the age of media madness. Oct 20, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member odlicna ekipa, interesno smislen film Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Una trama complessa, in cui i temi della fede e del persono sono affrontati dal grande regista americano in maniera molto riflessiva. Ma stavolta Ferrara sembra essere più diretto, cercando un dialogo col divino. Tuttavia le sceneggiature dei film precedenti (quelle con Nicolas St-John)rimangono a mio avviso le migliori. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member Começam a ser alguns os casos de âbad boysâ? da dà (C)cada de 80 que hoje têm uma postura muito mais comedida no cinema. O Coppola vai cultivando as vindimas em Itália e produzindo os filmes fofos da filha. O Oliver Stone de "W." transformou um presidente odiado numa figura simpática que fez tudo ao seu alcance para enfrentar tempos conturbados para a Amà (C)rica. Agora Abel Ferrara faz um filme em que não se vê uma única arma (há uma bomba, ok) e isso à (C) o primeiro aspecto que surpreende em "Mary". A segunda surpresa surge no ritmo muito mais pausado do filme: "Mary" oferece bastante tempo para se pensar sobre o modo como três pessoas foram tocadas pela sua participação num filme sobre a vida de Cristo. Neste jogo de filme pequeno dentro do filme maior, a turbulência espiritual dos personagens de "Mary" alimenta naturalmente algum espaço útil para que cada um possa reflectir sobre a fà (C) e as diferentes formas de vivê-la. Porà (C)m, reflexão e teologia não serão os melhores auxiliares para vender pipocas, o que explica tambà (C)m o enorme fracasso comercial deste objecto de escasso entretenimento. Mas à (C) de aplaudir as boas intenções de Abel Ferrara e a tentativa de fazer um filme, vá lá, benigno, enquanto procura tambà (C)m para si alguma espà (C)cie de redenção para os muitos pecados que cometeu na má vida do Bronx. "Mary" tem uma sà (C)rie de pontas soltas interessantes, mas, infelizmente, nunca encontra maneira de atá-las num todo narrativo que seja interessante e memorável. O Forest Whitaker, mesmo a remar contra marà (C), tem mais um papelão que supera a dimensão do próprio todo. Já ninguà (C)m duvida de que à (C) um dos grandes actores do seu tempo. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Audience Member It Might Take Sheep Three Times Through This Field Of Cinema, To Be Known. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Audience Member A serene Juliet Binoche, frenetic Matthew Modine and wonderful Forest Whitaker invite us into a discussion of faith, choice, fear and judgment. A thoughtful and inspiring film. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review walter m "Mary" starts with the wrapping up of a film shoot about the life of Jesus, starring, written and directed by Tony Childress(Matthew Modine). Instead of returning to New York, Marie(Juliette Binoche), his leading lady as Mary Magdalene, flips out and decides to go to Jerusalem. Director Abel Ferrara picks up the story a year later with the imminent and controversial release of the movie but instead of focusing on Tony or Marie, Ted(Forest Whitaker), a television personality, takes center stage by interviewing experts on Jesus, allowing them to simultaneously pontificate and drag the movie down. As Ted's ratings somehow go up, his personal life is falling apart as he argues with his very pregnant wife Elizabeth(Heather Graham), probably because unbeknowst to her, he is having an affair with Gretchen(Marion Cotillard), his producer, who he also ends up betraying. All this proves is that Forest Whitaker can give an excellent performance even when playing a walking cliche. Now there is more than enough in the above to provide a very astute commentary on religion and spirituality(which "Jesus in Montreal" did so very well), but Ferrara never pulls it together into a single coherent thought. Is it supposed to be about how only a spiritual man can make a thoughtful movie about Jesus(which Pasolini disproved anyway) or how much religious violence there is in the world today? Tony is too much a jackass to get a clear sense of what he is thinking(if anything) while Marie simply remains a cipher during her brief time on screen. At least with "Bad Lieutenant," I could see what Ferrara was thinking, even if he was daft enough to put the Mets in god's divine plan. Trust me, it would not work as well with the Yankees... Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Movie Info

Synopsis An actress (Juliette Binoche) undergoes a spiritual transformation after playing Mary Magdalene in a film.
Director
Abel Ferrara
Producer
Roberto Nigiris, Andrea Gropplero
Screenwriter
Abel Ferrara, Simone Lageoles, Mario Isabella
Production Co
Wild Bunch, Central Films
Genre
Drama, Mystery & Thriller
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Jun 9, 2006, Limited
Runtime
1h 26m