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Mary Magdalene

2018, Garth Davis, UK/Australia/USA, 120 min.
With Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix, Tahar Rahim

Show Times

  • Fri, May 3rd 2:00pm
  • Fri, May 3rd 6:00pm
  • Sat, May 4th 2:45pm
  • Sat, May 4th 7:45pm
  • Sun, May 5th 4:45pm
  • Mon, May 6th 7:45pm
  • Tue, May 7th 6:00pm
  • Wed, May 8th 7:45pm
  • Thu, May 9th 6:00pm
Chicago premiere!

“A Biblical drama with a stylish high-art look and a timely feminist angle…crafted with conviction and a strong aesthetic vision.”—Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter

“Glows on the screen…ripples with interesting ideas.”—Phil de Semlyen, Time Out London

Long featured in a perennial supporting role in film and literature on the life of Jesus, Mary Magdalene, a Biblical and historical enigma often falsely labeled as a prostitute, here gets the spotlight in a visually entrancing film that grants her equality and personhood. Young and unmarried in the small fishing village of Magdala, Mary (Mara) is loved for her gentle nature but regarded as strange for her dreamy introverted ways. Rejecting the marriage her father has arranged for her, and enduring a violent exorcism as a result, she finds solace in the words of the nomadic firebrand teacher Jesus (Phoenix), who is passing through. Impulsively she joins his ragtag band of male followers. An intimate but chaste friendship evolves between Mary—the one who sees, listens, and intuitively understands—and Jesus, while director Davis juggles the jealousy and varying ambitions of the men, including Peter (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and Judas (Rahim), whose personal and political agendas may spell dire trouble their leader. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)

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