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Maria is a 14-year-old girl from a strict catholic family who wants to become a saint and go to heaven. Divided into fourteen chapters, the film follows Maria as she guides herself towards enlightenment, dealing with boys, gospel music and a controlling mother along the way. With each chapter filmed from a fixed angle, the film conjures up the series of paintings usually found in Roman Catholic churches depicting Jesus carrying the cross to his crucifixion. At times deeply affecting, at others light-hearted and absurd this is a uniquely told story about the influence of faith and fanaticism on young minds.
A poignant, complex and fragmentary exploration of human existence, given focus by the spiritual journey of one disenchanted man.
14+ years 139 mins
Kirsten Dunst won the Best Actress award at Cannes for her serene portrayal of a wedding bride in this absorbing, mysterious drama.
16+ years 135 mins
Based on a play by Danish playwright Kaj Munk, Ordet is a tale of redemption brought about by human love.
16+ years 112 mins
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