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      Mysterious Ways

      2023 1h 30m Drama LGBTQ+ Romance List
      83% Tomatometer 6 Reviews 98% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings MYSTERIOUS WAYS tells the powerful and courageous story of Peter (Richard Short, The Tragedy of Macbeth) and Jason (newcomer Nick Afoa) who become torn between faith and their love for each other. Peter, a white vicar in a small New Zealand town, wants to marry his Samoan boyfriend Jason in church, but when word gets out it scandalizes the devout local community and unleashes a media storm that tests the couple's relationship to the limit. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Phil Hoad Guardian The film is all too focused on pushing its cause: same-sex marriage and greater flexibility of religious thought. In the process, it reduces its characters to flat ciphers. Rated: 2/5 Jun 4, 2024 Full Review Alejandro Turdo Hoy Sale Cine Mysterious Ways shines a light over the Queer’s community faith seen as second class, and the fact that even though there will always be forces opposing change, nothing should ever get in the way of equality, not even religion. Rated: 7/10 Dec 28, 2023 Full Review Surya Komal Just for Movie Freaks Mysterious Ways emerges as a poignant drama, weaving a powerful narrative about love, faith, and societal scrutiny. Paul Oremland orchestrates a riveting tale brought to life by the exceptional chemistry between leads, Richard Short and Nick Afoa. Rated: 3.5/5 Dec 20, 2023 Full Review Ronak Kotecha ronakkotecha.wordpress.com This original little drama film addresses the subject of religion and homosexuality without succumbing to sensationalism, unwanted cliches or pretentiousness. Rated: 4/5 Dec 20, 2023 Full Review Tony Asankomah GhMovieFreak "Mysterious Ways" may not be universally embraced, especially by those staunchly opposed to LGBTQ+ films. It also sheds light on the ongoing challenges faced by LGBTQ+ individuals in gaining acceptance and equal rights. Rated: 6/10 Dec 20, 2023 Full Review Vassilis Kroustallis Film Is A Fine Affair It has genuine faith in the betterment of people and communities along with them Dec 19, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Kelly D A beautiful film! Thankful for the representation it brings to the screen. I encourage people from all walks of life to watch. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 06/14/24 Full Review Dax A Without a doubt, the message in this film is one for the books. The challenges of religion and its beliefs versus love in its true form is explored from all angles in the relationship between Richard Short and Nick Afoa. Choosing to risk it all, they face a common problem we see in society today. That is what we do when our sexual preference becomes a point of judgment by the world's standards when choosing love. The ups and downs of this kept me engaged because I'm a sucker for topics like this. If you are looking for a great story that tackles the subject of love without fear, this is a film you may need to relax and watch on a Friday afternoon. I highly recommend it. - Dax Rated 5 out of 5 stars 05/31/24 Full Review Nick H As an atheist cis man, this isn't the type of movie I'd generally go for. But I'd heard good things and I'm willing to give any film a chance. I felt like it's par for the course for faith based films or social injustice films (of which this is both!) to hammer you over the head with their message. Mysterious Ways is perfectly subtle and the characters are all realistically/naturally written and acted. The cast is great and I really enjoyed it! I've found myself thinking back on it days later. On the surface, the story follows a queer couple coming up against the walls built by their own faith. What I wasn't expecting was a really beautiful New Zealand Indigenous story, wrapped up in all of it. As someone who has spent a lot of time working with and enjoying indigenous cultures around the world, I was really touched how the director included this aspect in a film that shines a light on mainstream religious discourse as reflected through ignored social causes, invisible people, traditional beliefs, and a layered romance that continues to surprise you to the end. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 05/05/24 Full Review Audience Member Three words: I love Billy Rated 5 out of 5 stars 05/05/24 Full Review Sara J Mysterious Ways is heart warming and has a surprise twist! My teenage daughter and I watched together and fell in love with the message and one of the characters in particular - Billy. This movie gives me hope for a better world, especially a more inclusive and loving church. A must see! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 05/05/24 Full Review Al A Watched it on an impulse. Stunningly boring and cliche. It's a plot theme that has been beaten like a dead horse for over 25 years now. Nothing creative about this dog. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 04/29/24 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis MYSTERIOUS WAYS tells the powerful and courageous story of Peter (Richard Short, The Tragedy of Macbeth) and Jason (newcomer Nick Afoa) who become torn between faith and their love for each other. Peter, a white vicar in a small New Zealand town, wants to marry his Samoan boyfriend Jason in church, but when word gets out it scandalizes the devout local community and unleashes a media storm that tests the couple's relationship to the limit.
      Director
      Paul Oremland
      Producer
      Ngaire Fuata
      Screenwriter
      Paul Oremland, Harry McNaughton, Dianna Fuemana, Paul Oremland, Harry McNaughton
      Distributor
      Ariztical Entertainment
      Production Co
      Vada Productions, Iridescent Films, SunPix
      Genre
      Drama, LGBTQ+, Romance
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 30, 2024
      Runtime
      1h 30m
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