It is time to"Announce"! Today you, dear friends, get acquainted with the views of our family of academics about the film Director and screenwriter Jonas McCord "The body." The film did not Shine at high-profile awards, can not boast of prestigious awards, is not on the ear of the audience (that is why it got into the release of Publicity), but we hope it will find its fans. Give her a chance! So here we go.
The declared theme of the film "the Body"it suggests a whole range of dramatic events in the human soul deprived in life of almost everything except his faith, is also able to falter under the onslaught of hard-hitting for Catholic truth (namely, proof of the death of Jesus Christ, without the resurrection). And the detective genre usually famously twists the plot. But, neither there nor here the creators of the tape managed to finish it. Even the charisma of the hero Banderos did not help, he did not have the strength to demonstrate the full range of dramatic experiences, when the picture of the world is literally collapsing before our eyes. And the structure of the plot is too stingy, without the swirling balls that are so characteristic of the detective genre. Dialogues mostly grind the bones of the raised issues of religion, without any sharp jump to an unexpected turn of events. Olivia Williams, despite her charm, still did not manage to make a decent love match for the main character. But with all this, the picture does not hurt the eye, it was shot nice, beautiful, chaste, but too predictable.
the Movie "the Body" did not produce a furious furor, honestly – the average level. In the story there is intrigue, the suspense - Thriller all the same. But there are also obvious advantages – music, natural shooting and.. Banderas! With the wonderful velvety eyes of young Antonio, I can even watch the ads. True, and with age, the Spanish macho remained good-looking, take for example the TV series "Genius", where he played Picasso.
Questions of faith are very difficult to describe, so as not to offend the feelings of believers. But my views are very similar to those of H. G., which he eventually came to: faith in God is one thing, faith in those who make money from it is another. After all, Christ himself ordered the merchants to be driven out of the temple. And the recently watched TV series Young/The new Pope clearly shows the negligent servants of the Church not from the best side: the relatives sin worse than us, ordinary mortals, and some – and do not believe in God at all! But life is not a movie or a TV series. So, undoubtedly, there is a Legion of priests who sincerely want to help people, soul healers, as they say - from God. Such a play on words.
But back to the movie. My colleagues wrote about the plot in sufficient detail, so I will limit my perception of the tape as a whole. Color correction-lamp, the stones of excavations and houses seem warm, ancient cobblestones, bleached by the sun and rains of eternity, you want to touch with your hands. Even the air feels palpable... How still pleasant shooting on location looks, and not the current computer crafts. I understand that without graphics, there is nowhere – difficult tricks, unseen monsters, etc. But why draw houses and streets? Here they are! Come out and take it off. Ah, well, " Closer to the body, as Maupassant said!"©. The chemistry between the characters of Banderas and Williams is so strong that the air sparkles. I wanted them to break all the laws at once, spit on the prohibitions and stay together for the joy of the audience. This, at least within the time limit, I did not wait for. But who knows what happened after the end credits.
Jerusalem is the cradle of religion. And it was there that archaeologists made the greatest discovery in history, accidentally unearthing the remains of a man and not a simple man… But is the world ready for this? The idea that the body found, with characteristic wounds on its arms and legs, belongs to Jesus himself is not only unacceptable, it is extremely dangerous for the world at large, and for the seeker of truth – almost fatal. The plot of the film is entertaining, looks interesting, although it may well cause some groups to misunderstand and even anger. It was shot quite boldly, which appeals to me as a viewer. Pleasant production, smooth cinematography, excellent cast: Antonio Banderas, Olivia Williams and other "sinners". "The body" is a very risky film production these days, when the creators are squeezed into frames, so that the slaves of ancient Rome do not seem so destitute. I definitely recommend it for viewing. It is sometimes dangerous to believe blindly.
Eugene S. h.
In the center of the plot of the observed tape is a human skeleton found in Jerusalem, which, according to all characteristics, as well as artifacts found with the bones, indicates that it belongs to Christ himself. The discovery generates a wave of contradictory reactions from politicians and clergy around the world. Father Gutierrez (Antonio Banderas) is sent by the Vatican to investigate the situation and prove that the body does not belong to Jesus. "Opposes" him in this - Dr. Golban (Olivia Williams). As a person from the world of science, her only goal is to prove the world the opposite at all costs. Sharon is only concerned about her own sensational discovery.
The picture raises a pressing problem in the spirit of "what if?.." As Christ said, truth will liberate. But what will be the consequences of this truth, if it is scientifically proven? How can people of faith continue to live, for whom belief in something intangible and higher is all they have? What will the authorities, the Church and religious extremists do to hide this truth? The truth, which they themselves do not want to believe, because it can devalue the meaning of their life, the meaning of the existence of the Church in principle. And it doesn't matter what religion.
Banderas, in my opinion, demonstrated here one of the most powerful of his acting works. It is a pity that few of the critics at the time paid attention to it. He looks very authentic in the role of a priest whose faith is being tested more and more as new evidence emerges that the body of Christ who "did not ascend"has been found. Antonio organically shows all the inner struggle of his character for his faith. Williams also does not lag behind her colleague, because her character's faith in the scientific approach to solving such a sensitive issue is also tested, which leaves an indelible mark on her inner world, which the actress perfectly transmits through the screen to the viewer.
Another review, almost 20 years after the meeting, showed that the film "the Body" has lost the lion's share of mystical halo. However, the plot is unlikely to leave indifferent those who have ever seriously thought about the authenticity of biblical texts. And it all started with an ordinary event in the world of archaeology: an excavation in a funerary tomb found under a store in Israel turns out to be a disastrous situation for the Catholic Church as an institution. And the owner of the shop wanted to expand his cellar. If only he knew.
The Director of the picture goes straight from the threshold to symbolism. Just as a woman was the first to witness the ascension of the Savior, so in the film, Dr. Sharon Golban - a woman-casts a shadow on the essence of the Son of God. Although for the Theosophical theme, quoting the Bible is not enough. In the frame, there is a constant struggle between rationalism and faith, and each of the worldviews in turn pulls the blanket over itself. The mention of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the appearance of terrorists should have added credibility and realism, but it turned out the opposite. The conflict is shown only by the actions of those very terrorists. Their demands are fair, but the subject matter is so ephemeral, and the blackmailed individuals are so far removed from those who could fulfill the conditions, that it is unlikely that real people would do so, even if they were outside the law. Yes, and the behavior of representatives of the Vatican is radically different from the characters in the film, who saw the burial personally, which indicates the attitude to it from the very beginning.
In addition to the two main roles, Antonio Banderas and Olivia Williams, I would like to highlight the character of Derek Jacobi, the Holy father of Lavelle. The Padre goes through all the possible perturbations of perception after familiarizing himself with the contents of the tomb: awareness, doubt, denial, acceptance, and catharsis, which is without doubt the most dramatic scene in the film. Antonio Banderas plays a military intelligence officer who has come to the faith and taken Holy orders, although often the horrors of war on the contrary turn a person away from the Creator. He is neither a fanatic, nor a blind follower of the Church, nor an insensitive person.
Dr. Sharon Golban, the character of Olivia Williams, is an archaeologist. She still does not believe in the theory of the identity of the person who was buried in the tomb, which indicates her sanity and rationalism. She doesn't have any superstitions. And at the same time, it is hard to believe that a widow and mother of two minor children can throw herself into a dangerous swirl of political intrigue, go almost alone to a meeting of Orthodox Jews (where women are forbidden to go), and also drive a car as a gas station stuntman. By the way, Banderas ' joke about this is very memorable. The denouement of the film reveals many questions, but leaves even more. But we must agree that there simply could not have been any other way in this picture.
Summary: The film "the Body" can be described as a moderately fascinating, but extremely underrated detective drama with elements of a Thriller, with a fascinating title track by Serge Kolber, which raises the topic of religion as a system of views in General, which has not lost its topicality even after 19 years since the release of the picture.