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Plot: When a young woman becomes afflicted by stigmata, a priest is sent to investigate her case, which may have severe ramifications for his faith and for the Catholic Church itself. Runtime: 103 mins Release Date: 10 Sep 1999
Perhaps for you it was boring, but for me it was great time. First of all, there aren't any plot holes, you're making things up. You can find any arguments and i'll throw them back at you, cause they just don't stand up. There was no 'priests hitmen squad', they came to take the girl and exorcise her, it's easy. So this is out. Next. They were priests, they couldn't have killed her in cold blood. That cardinal decided that it would be best for his church to 'sacrifice' her and live with it,when he saw she resisted . That's why he told the others to <more>
leave the room. The personal background of Byrne and his reasons to become a priest are irelevant, in real life people become priests for far more stupid reasons "my grandfather was a priest" , "i'll make more money" . The water dripping was very touching, i don't know why. I have the intuition of what it means, it can't be expressed by words. Anyway. The poor girl became stigmatised because she was pure, she didn't have doubts about her life more than any other person, and through the crucifix she became posessed by that 'very holy man'. That man was stigmatised, so his stigmatisation passed on to the pure 'messenger'. Purity - the water. The drips are the events. When it's a drip of water, the atmosphere is calm. The calm before the storm. In other scenes we see the blood dripping. Easy to understand what that means. And so on and so forth. Let me tell you, i saw a lot of blood at my life, it doesn't affect me. The first half an hour of 'Stigmata' beginning the scene in the bathroom, made me sick to my stomach. And i've seen some bloody movies . This wasn't for free. The atmosphere was lovely, i enjoyed the movie. Of course, if they've extended the length of the movie a little and inserted some interesting ideas that were omitted then we've might seen a hit. Too bad that the movie was made only for a section of the public. I'm not a very religious person i go to church but this movie was deep, and i loved it. I said.
People need to appreciate this movie more. (by nrazran)
Stigmata was one of the best films i've seen in a while. I cannot understand why some people claim it is second rate horror movie. The movie is not meant to be horror. It is a story about a woman who experiences the sufferings of Christ, as a representative of a priest who discovered an ancient Gospel which is in fact, a real gospel that has been denounced by the church as a heresy . It is true that, for people who go to movies to see explosions and knifings and curse words, this might not be a good movie. People who like to THINK at movies and perhaps even try to understand underlying <more>
or symbolic meanings should find this to be incredibly interesting. A 6.0? You have to be kidding me.
Brilliant it will scare the hell into you. (by aclockworkorange22)
This film is brilliant. Stigmata for me always made me believe in god a bit more. Frankie paige Patricia arquette Has no faith in god whatsoever. Until one evening she recieves the first wound of the stigmata. The stigmata are the wounds of the crucified christ. I must admit it was one of the most disturbing films I had seen since scream. Especially the vision when Frankie sees the baby thrown in the road. The film also stars Gabriel Byrne-a catholic preist who is sent from the vatican to investigate Frankies wounds. Stigmata is based on one gospel the gospel of S.T thomas . A priest named <more>
almeida stole the gospel and continued to translate it. Cardinal houseman johnathan pryce does not want the gospel to go out because it might destroy the modern church. Stigmata is a fun horror feast for everyone. But at the end of the day it is based on peoples faith. The film was cleverly direted by Rupert wainwright. Patricia is ace. Her perfomance was pheonominal. Watch it!!!!!!!!!!10 out of ten Sleepyluke
This movie is a proof at least to me that you should not always trust reviews and user comments. After reading comments on this movie I had a picture that it wouldn't be very good at all, but I was certainly corrected on that point. This is one of the best movies I've seen in a long time. The movie is quite "heavy" though, so I can understand that it doesn't appeal to everyone, but for anyone who likes a little depth and aren't influenced by what other people think I really recommend this movie. I rated it 9 out of 10, and it was certainly worth it.
Entertainment at several levels (by jbowie-1)
This film clearly deserves more then the current 6/10 rating that it has received; nevertheless, one should expect such a low rating when individuals feel so threatened by the ideas behind this film. as evident from the many outlier votes of 1 & 2 If you enjoyed The Da Vinci Code book , then I truly believe you will enjoy this film. This film brings together three qualities: a thought provoking nature with a "truth" behind it, actors/actresses that may not be the best but collectively all have some of there best performances, and a satisfactory delivery that allows it to be <more>
entertaining.My rating of 9/10 may seem high if you look at this movie from just one aspect but the fact that it entertains one from so many angles elevates its value.
VERY good film that is very shocking at times (by callanvass)
VERY good film that is very shocking at times. This one will stay with you for a while after you watch it. The 2 main leads were excellent and had awesome chemistry together, and were both very likable. The script is pretty good , if a little confusing at times, and the finale was quite good and often shocking. I thought the possession makeup was really cool. The directing was awesome Rupert Wainwright did an awesome job of directing here with some very cool camera work loved the shots of inside the church, and he managed to make it creepy and very well paced. There is lots of gore get a <more>
statue that bleeds from the eyes throughout the film, Tons of nailed wrists, that spurt blood profusely. a wrist spurts an extreme amount of blood when a bandage is removed, EXTREMELY bloody whippings,someone gets a blood sample, nails in the forehead with spurting blood, lots of bloody images, nailed feet, self mutilation, lots of bleeding eyes and one really freaky possession scene. The acting is wonderful. Patricia Arquette is very gorgeous and gave an amazing performance here she showed a lot of emotion and vulnerability and had great chemistry with Gabriel Byrne. Gabirel Byrne was fantastic here and was extremely likable, and her chemistry with Patricia was so on. Jonathan Pryce did his job well as did Nia Long as Patricia's best friend. Overall a must see period! **** out of 5
i thought this movie was excellent. the take on what stigmata is, the 'miracle' of it, the historical and religious views of stigmata are brought together within the plot of the movie.it is definitely anti-church, or rather, anti-establishment and anti-church politics. but it is not anti-god. the movie points out what many people believe already, that you do not need a church building to believe in god.yet, it's not a religious movie. it's not really a horror movie. there are parts that are horrific, and it will make you think. don't watch this if you're in the mood <more>
for mindless entertainment. see it, and make your own judgements on what it's about. even if you don't agree with the premise, the acting and the storyline are well worth it.
A clever blend of Christian mysticism and 20th Century narcissistic cynicism (by jester-30)
STIGMATA: Well, this one is certain to be somewhat controversial with hardcore fundamentalist Christians and the equally dedicated Catholic, but I personally found the movie to be far from irreverent, and actually rather faithful in parts. Though the film balances psychological terror and armchair Christian mythology, the movie manages to present a thought-provoking dramatic episode by clashing the faithful and the faithless, the true spirituality and hypocrisy, the sincere and the mundane.The film centers on the experiences of a young woman who is a self-professed athiest who manages to <more>
somehow be afflicted with The Stigmata, a paranormal experience wherein the "victim" or the "gifted" dependant upon one's point of view is afflicted/touched by God and with manifestations of the wounds Christ suffered at His Crucifixion. These include the wounds through the wrists, the feet, the crown of thorns, the scourging of the back and finally the spear through the side.Into the mix is tossed a mildly agnostic Catholic priest/scientist assigned by Rome to investigate supposed "miracles." Also blended into the story is a sub plot full of political goings on inside the Vatican and the attraction between the priest and the young woman afflicted. So not only does the movie examine The Stigmata, spirituality, Christian myth, and the Catholic tradition, but it explores the inner workings of the Church to a very critical degree and the meeting of man, woman and God. It's also entertaining.The movie seems to be marketed as a modern-day "The Exorcist." I don't think the comparison is fair. Though there does appear to be some sort of possession story happening, it somehow ends up being mostly the desperate actions of a benevolent spirit of a deceased priest trying to get attention and bring the Truth to light. Obviously the more fundamental Christian believer familiar with the Christian mythos would find this plot element suspect, and dramatically it's only mildly fulfilling. For this reason the mature and educated viewer might find the ending of the film anticlimactic and arguably "sell out," but the casual viewer would probably find nothing questionable about the Hollywood ending. Personally, I thought it tainted an otherwise splendidly atmospheric film. The integration of Catholic mysticism with MTV-era music video filmography at times seems nearly as visually attractive as Madonna's "Just Like a Prayer" video, though not quite as sublime.I'll give the movie 3 stars, mostly solidified by strong dialogue and exceptional performances from both Patricia Arquette and Gabriel Byrne as the woman and the priest. On it's own merits, the film manages to create a foundation from which the viewer is challenged to fill in the blanks re: the spiritual goings-on, but it loses points where it attempts to find cheap thrills and reinvent the spiritual-psychological horror portrayed in The Exorcist by turning an interesting and engaging look at mystic spirituality's interaction with the 20th Century's narcissistic cynicism into something more akin to the later OMEN movies.
Giving comment after a few days after I seen it, I must say that in this picture lays something that, in my opinion is one of the most biggest issues of modern, or should I say, of Christianity itself; what Jesus had had in mind when he talked about God in us? Do we really need mediator between Him and ourselves?-Very good crew and scenario had make this movie very interesting. Byrne is really good, though sometimes is rather 'inconvincible', but, as a priest-scientist, maybe he has right on some 'perplexities'. Patricia Arquette is one of my favorite actresses, and I love her <more>
in this movie, or any else.Director is unknown to me, I must confess it, but, from what I have seen in this movie, it has some interesting views on filming, and I would really like to see his other works, or future ones. Rade Serbedgia in this film look like his not interested. It's a loss.Film has some frightful scenes, but in major, it's very good movie which gives us some new perspective on Jesus words that the God is in us.People who has no idea, or been religious fanatics should avoid this film. This film, also, is not the most intelligent topic that has been ever recorded, but it has some good points.Try figure it out. It's not shallow. And, please, use your own head, and don't be molested by religious fanatics; they would first crucifix Christ just for the way he looks.