Every year, following the ascension of Christ to heaven, the Christian religion spread more and more around the world, having undergone a serious transformation, and in the end becoming a force that cannot be disregarded. Evidence amazing earthly deeds of Christ have been documented in numerous stories and books written by his faithful apostles, and later became the main Church authority. Gradually displacing the civilized community of the last rudiments of paganism and other irrelevant beliefs, Christianity became the beacon, which allowed the poor and sinners to believe in universal forgiveness, and the other uncompromising paralyzed people invisible chains, pushing them in Church from an early age and until the end of days. Religion is based on faith in God, was unquestioned, the Church dignitaries have the power, which previously could only dream of. But the more tools of influence was in the hands of the priests, the more of a struggle for power. The unified Christian Church began to break up into pieces, understanding the rituals and the interpretation of certain commandments different sources allowed people to choose the parish that they like and did not like Catholics, sosredotochitsya in the hands all completeness of influencing the masses, which did not want to leave. Still, the division of the Church was overwhelming. Centuries passed before the Christian religion was transformed into a format that is known in our days, however, the desire of Catholics, Orthodox and other dignitaries to keep people in their mental arms will not have passed. The priests continued to administer their will, getting rid of dissenters and throwing away the gospel, which was at odds to the books, included in a single biblical Canon. But if approved in its quest to find the lost cultural artifacts from the distant past, can be real hard to shake their belief in the supremacy of the Church as an agent of divine powers on Earth.
To shoot movies about the opposition of ordinary people with the authority of the Church is very thankless job. Spurred on by the dignitaries of the congregation ready to take the most radical actions, if only to defend the fair name of the Church contrary to common sense and the laws of morality. The screens all the blockbuster Ron Howard’s “Da Vinci Code” showed that in spite of our civilized century, some people continue to live with closed eyes and refuse to acknowledge an alternative point of view, running counter to that prescribed in the regulations for Catholic parishioners. Nevertheless, the scandal caused by the premiere of “the Da Vinci Code” played with the Church is a cruel joke. The tape received wide publicity and see it was simply impossible. A fresh look at the Holy Grail, images of Christ and Mary Magdalene, and not the most attractive image of Catholicism made part of the audience to delve into a search for truth hidden by the Church for two millennia. Of course, the official Vatican city to anyone and would not show what is hidden in the secret rooms of his archives, however, some facts still caught the eye of researchers and they arouse interest, and righteous anger, because the Church continues to intrigue, fight for power and farther away from understanding faith as such. “The Da Vinci code” became the tip of the spear, thrown at the Vatican’s gate, but a few years before its release on the screens of the world appeared in theaters no less intriguing film known as “Stigmata”. He was deprived of a major advertising support and has not had the desired effect on the masses as the adaptation of the novel by Dan brown, and yet Director Rupert Wainwright in hard, screaming form spoke against the cruel rules of Catholicism, pissed off a lot of dignitaries, the reading itself is infallible.
The plot of “Stigmata” introduces us to a former scientist, and now the Holy father Andrew Karnana (Gabriel Byrne), who turned to the faith after not be able to explain the laws of nature in a logical way. In the bosom of the Vatican Kernan plays a special role, investigating the appearance on the bodies of people bloody marks known as stigmata. Appearing on the hands and feet in the places where stakes were driven into the body of Jesus Christ, the stigmata thereby symbolize the closeness of their owners to the Heavens. The Church considers these markings are nothing but a confirmation of their religion contrary to the votes of unbelievers skeptics, however, where there is true, sometimes come across and deception. Some people intentionally cause themselves bleeding wounds, that they paid attention or as a joke. And that does not work for the Vatican, which uses father Kernan as a detective, designed to weed out all provocateurs, the debilitating influence of the Church with his antics. The next task of Cernan becomes the investigation of the appearance of stigmata is that of a simple hairdresser Frankie Paige (Patricia Arquette), the shape of which is difficult to find signs of special Holiness. Dealing with Frankie and gradually drawing closer to her father Kiernan begins to realize that her case is truly unique and nothing like his practice was not. But the sudden opening associated with the stigmata, the Vatican and now the lives of the main characters is threatened with serious danger emanating from the highest offices of the Church.
Unlike Dan brown, linking the “Da Vinci Code” with real events, reinforcing narrated documentary basis, “Stigmata” by Rupert Wainwright are an entertainment piece that does not strive to seem something more than it really is. The filmmakers took as a basis was found half a century ago the gospel of Thomas, considered by Catholics a heresy and a fake. According to the translation of such ancient text, the Apostle Thomas, and according to some, the brother of Jesus Christ himself, ruled out the formation of Church government, as every man has hiccups faith in your own heart, and not to come to her through the will of the priests, requiring absolute obedience of the flock. Naturally, the Vatican and other Christian centres such arguments were alien, but no matter how they tried to protect us from a different view on religion, the gospel of Thomas was widely spread and his ideas in a distinct form imprinted in “Stigmata”. Rupert Wainwright with clear and absolutely no abstruse form shows us the contorted face of the Church, playing with elements of Thriller, drama and mysticism. Rapidly flowing forward the story tries to avoid unnecessary stops, entertaining and scaring its audience with unexpected revelations. The emphasis on the entertainment function somewhat dulled emotions associated with repulsive representation of the Church, but from the creators of the film no one demanded start of full-fledged struggle against the Church, as in conditions of constant social upheaval that nobody wants. Nevertheless, we are entitled to know what we hide from. At least for the peace of establishing your own worldview.
The Church is not ready to accept a different opinion, but at the same time with the onset of the technological revolution, she became more pliable. “Stigmata” show that the burning eyes and faith in our own ideals at times can work wonders. And no one can stop us, if the truth clings to our shoulders.
8 out of 10