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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 WW I. Word of the sighting spreads across the country, inspiring religious pilgrims to flock to the site in hopes of witnessing a miracle. Inspired by real-life events and starring Goran Višnjic (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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Critics Consensus: Hard not to respect but difficult to love, Fatima competently dramatizes an incredible true story.
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Faith drama based on true story has some war imagery.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Fatima is a drama about a 1917 religious event referred to as "The Miracle of the Sun." Three children, ages 7 to 10, report that the Virgin Mary has appeared to them, asking them to deliver her message that World War I will end if people pray and "suffer greatly." Despite intense pressure by those in positions of power to change their story, the children demonstrate real integrity and continue to tell the truth. In an attempt to fulfill the need to "suffer," the oldest child, Lucia (Stephanie Gil), is shown harming herself in a couple of non-life-threatening ways. Angels share violent visions with the children, including flashes of gruesome battle scenes, priests being shot, and images of the fiery depths of hell. The timeline jumps between 1917 and 1989, when a skeptical professor is interviewing Lucia -- now an elderly nun -- about the events (and asking the questions that secular viewers might have). Even though the story is about children, it probably won't be terribly interesting to them. The film's value is more in understanding the circumstances around a modern-day miracle and what it takes to be granted sainthood.
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- Release Date:August 28, 2020
- Captions:English, Spanish
- Audio Format:5.1
- Screen Pass Eligible:No
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