Tuesday, 20 November 2007

'The mission' A must DVD gift for Christmas

This film was made over twenty years ago yet even seeing this short trailer above brings back memories of the first time I saw it in Belfast. Emotions of anger, sadness and joy come flooding back as I watch the scenes and listen to the powerful music. It is also inspiring spiritually and also brings into conflict the pietisic,incarnational as well as the 'liberation' approach to mission-I find myself torn between following De Niro and Irons in the latter part of the film.It also reveals the conflict between the mission of organised religion, fraught with politics,greed and self interest and 'authentic mission' based on love,loyalty and self sacrifice. In my opinion one of the best films ever made.AK

A visually stunning epic, THE MISSION recounts the true story of two men--a man of the sword (Robert De Niro) and a man of the cloth (Jeremy Irons)--both Jesuit missionaries who defied the colonial forces of mighty Spain and Portugal to save an Indian tribe from slavery in mid-18th-century South America. Mendoza (De Niro) is a slave trader and colonial imperialist who murdered his own brother (Aidan Quinn) and seeks penance for his sins by becomining a missionary at Father Gabriel's (Irons) mountaintop mission; Gabriel is a devout and idealistic man who extols nonviolence and peaceful interaction with the natives and colonialists. Despite their differences, the two men must unite to save the mission when Spain, Portugal, and the Catholic church begin negotiating their boundaries in the area negotiations that will affect both the freedom of the natives and the well-being of the Jesuit missionaries who have set up safe havens for them. Director Roland Joffe's sweeping masterpiece is a haunting account of the unjust treatment of the Guarani Indians of South America and the men who fought desperately, in very different ways, to save them. The film features a mezmerising musical score by Ennio Morricone that weaves a stunning combination of church choirs and native Indian panpipes into the lush images of the Brazilian rainforest.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great film, Ive seen it many times.