Nativity Story (2006)
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"The Journey of a Lifetime, a Story for All Time."
|A drama that focuses on the period in mary and joseph's life where they journeyed to bethlehem for the birth of jesus.|
"A film for all ages and faiths. Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Your family will love this inspirational film. Jeffrey Lyons, NBC's Reel Talk
"...a scrupulously accurate historical adventure story...with an exciting you-are-there verisimilitude. Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter
"...the female other to Gibson's "Passion"...suffused with a sense of the womanly divine. Ty Burr, Boston Globe
Editor's NoteFollowing her depiction of youthful rebellion in the independent features THIRTEEN and LORDS OF DOGTOWN, Catherine Hardwicke takes an anomalous detour with THE NATIVITY STORY. A simple depiction of the Biblical tale told from Mary's perspective, the film lends realism and humanity to a story that is mythical in its proportions, with 16-year-old Keisha Castle-Hughes (WHALE RIDER) delivering a performance indicative of her star potential. The scene is set in ancient Nazareth, where the people live in poverty, oppressed by the heavy taxes and iron hand of King Herod. Herod himself lives in fear of a prophecy that foretells the coming of a great king, and is constantly tightening his grip on an already terrorized land. Mary is a young, virtuous, fun-loving girl whose family arranges her marriage to Joseph, a man she hardly knows but who promises to provide for her. Mary is unwilling, but her rebellion is soon eclipsed by a greater fear when the angel Gabriel appears to her and informs her of her destiny as the mother of Jesus. Having taken a vow to remain pure for a year, Mary is afraid of what the townspeople will do to her when they hear of her pregnancy. She goes to visit her cousin Elizabeth, who also carries a child given to her by God, and who offers her support and comfort. When Mary returns to Nazareth heavily pregnant, Joseph is consumed with jealousy and anger, and only when he receives word from God in a dream does he agree to claim the child for his own. Eventually, Herod decides to take a census in order to find the Messiah foretold in the prophecy, and Joseph and Mary set off on the difficult journey to Bethlehem. The way the couple's relationship progresses lends heart to the tale, and comic relief is provided by the three wise men (Nadim Sawalha, Eriq Ebouaney, and Stefan Kalipha), making this an effective, inspiring, and joyful rendition of the well-known tale.
The Nativity Story - DVD
By: David Thomas filmcritic.com DVD Reviews
Published on: 3/9/2007 6:32 PM
|There's a newly famous scene in Borat where a rodeo official advises the titular character to shave his moustache so as not to arouse suspicion that he's a terrorist. What could that possibly have to do with a movie about the birth of Jesus? Well, given that said rodeo official would have to advise (probably rather awkwardly) virtually everyone in this film to do the same, a whole lot. ...read the full review|
The Nativity Story - DVD
By: Edward Perkis Cinema Blend DVD Reviews
Published on: 3/27/2007 1:25 AM
|The producers clearly hope that this movie will become a Christmas classic, reminding the faithful of the "true meaning" of the holiday. It may generate a regular showing on television simply because it stands alone as a feature film telling focusing on this momentous event. Plus, there are a few divine moments that are staged well. But when put together, the few well staged moments and good performances can't overcome the staid tone. ...read the full review|
Cast & Crew
|Catherine Hardwicke - Director|
|Elliot Davis - Cinematographer|
|Marco Trentini - Art Director|
|Maria-Teresa Barbasso - Art Director|
|Marty Bowen - Producer|
|Mike Rich - Writer|
|Mychael Danna - Original Music By|
|Robert K. Lambert - Editor|
|Stuart Levy - Editor|
|Tim Van Rellim - Executive Producer|
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