VOD REVIEW: Fatima represents a ton of substance, but not much narrative style

This interesting religious film is involving and well-acted, but the main problem with a film like Fatima is it isn’t a lot of fun.

By virtue of the script and the difficult subject matter, Fatima can’t be blockbuster entertainment, but it’s also just not that involving.

This is the story of three shepherds in Portugal who report seeing visions of the Virgin Mary, inspiring others to believe. While the Church and government try to force them to recant, they continue to cling to what they know they’ve seen.

Directed by Marco Pontecorvo, it’s a well-shot film with a nice aesthetic. Its locales are beautiful, and how it looks is the best thing going for it.

The acting is certainly capable, with Goran Visnic, Joaquim de Almeida and Harvey Keitel adding some intrigue to the proceedings. However, young Stephanie Gil is also a really fantastic piece of the film.

It isn’t one of the better films I’ve seen in 2020, but for those who keep the faith or have interest in the subject matter, something tells me it will be more than enough.

2.5/5 Stars

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