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Spring 2014 Film Series

May 2, 2014 / 7:00 PM


To the Wonder
Directed by Terrence Malick
Released: 2012

Starring -
Ben Affleck
Olga Kurylenko
Rachel McAdams
Javier Bardem




This grand question of whether or not we could truly become intimate with God is explored then through the experience of people, a young couple in their late 20s-30s, Marina and Neil, she French, he American (played by Olga Kurylenko and Ben Affleck respectively) as well as a Hispanic Catholic priest in his 40s, Fr. Quintana (played by Javier Bardem). Could Marina and Neil really understand each other? And could Fr. Quintana, whose primary relationship is necessarily with Christ, really understand Him?

It's clear at the beginning of the film that Marina is "in love with love," not unlike the sentiments expressed in the Song of Songs. The two had met in Paris. And after sometime, go to the grand, seemingly eternal monastery of Mont Saint Michel on the Atlantic coast of France where in her own words, they "climb the steps into The Wonder."

- Fr. Dennis at the Movies





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