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Fatima (2020)

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Critic Consensus: Hard not to respect but difficult to love, Fatima competently dramatizes an incredible true story.

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In 1917, outside the parish of Fátima, Portugal, a 10-year-old girl and her two younger cousins witness multiple visitations of the Virgin Mary, who tells them that only prayer and suffering will bring an end to World War I. As secularist government officials and Church leaders try to force the children to recant their story, word of the sighting spreads across the country, inspiring religious pilgrims to flock to the site in hopes of witnessing a miracle. What they experience will transform their quiet lives and bring the attention of a world yearning for peace. Based on real-life events and starring Joaquim de Almeida ("Queen of the South"), Goran Visnjić (Beginners), Stephanie Gil (Terminator: Dark Fate) and Lúcia Moniz (Love, Actually), with Sônia Braga (Aquarius) and Harvey Keitel (The Piano, The Irishman), Fatima is an uplifting story about the power of faith.

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Cast

Joaquim de Almeida
as Father Ferreira
Jorge Lamelas
as Francisco
Joana Ribeiro
as Virgin Mary
Elmano Sancho
as Ti Manuel
João D'Ávila
as Monsenhor Quaresma
Iris Cayatte
as Adelina
João Luis Arrais
as Manuel Santos
Simão Cayatte
as Captain Ribeiro
Sonia Braga
as Sister Lucia
Harvey Keitel
as Professor Nichols
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Critic Reviews for Fatima

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At under two hours it's not a long film, yet it feels as though your faith is being tested at every turn.

June 28, 2021 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
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Pontecorvo seems particularly interested in conveying the gravitas of Lúcia's spiritual burden, which is anchored by Gil, who is full of quiet intensity and impressive conviction.

June 28, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Fatima raises some intriguing questions about faith but sadly fails to make us believe in anything more comforting than the climate of fear, distrust and grief that flourishes during wartime.

June 25, 2021 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

A film that, in stark contrast to most faith-based fodder, is gorgeously shot and designed.

June 25, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Difficult to remain engaged, despite a talented cast.

June 24, 2021 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Pontecorvo shoots the film radiantly - including a quick CGI excursion to hell - but there is something spiritually complacent about his slickness.

June 22, 2021 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
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