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Stigmata is a 1999 film directed by Rupert Wainwright and starring Patricia Arquette and Gabriel Byrne.
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film follows the conflict between Frankie ( Patricia Arquette ), an atheist Pittsburgh hairdresser who exhibits true stigmata, & Father Andrew Kiernan ( Gabriel Byrne ), a former scientist và ordained Jesuit priest who, as part of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, investigates miracles for the Vatican. Kiernan soon discovers that the stigmata stems from the spirit of Father Paulo Alameida, who was excommunicated for his discovery of a lost Gospel challenging the very foundations of Catholicism by suggesting that Jesus Christ did not want churches built béo worship God. When a powerful Vatican cleric, Cardinal Daniel Houseman ( Jonathan Pryce ), attempts bự have Frankie silenced, she & Kiernan go on the run. The movie does not suggest that Jesus Christ did not want churches built for worship ; but rather, it suggests that truly believing in your heart & helping others around you is more important than going through the motions of attending a church. The controversial topic is, instead, that Vatican leaders hide modern-day prophecies & mystic experiences in order mập keep people from believing. The foundational belief being that evil people have infiltrated the church hierarchy end the years, excommunicating faithful priests for trying Khủng find the truth in modern miracles. The priest & the stigmatic chưa bao giờ enter into a sexual relationship ; the plot entails that the atheist stigmatic has sexual feelings for the priest, but the priest continuously denies her. The priest character lays in bed with her after a violent, painful, mystical experience because he cares about comforting her. They are fully clothed, & when the Vatican officials find them this way, they later use it against him .The movie is loosely based on the discovery of the Gospel of Thomas & a verse therein ( 77 : Jesus said : I am the light that is end them all. I am the All ; the All has come forth from me, và the All has attained unto me. Split a piece of wood và I am there. Raise up the stone, an ye shall find me there. ) ; a document which the Vatican và most other Christians have declared as being the sản phẩm of a heretical Gnostic nhóm .
The film was controversial for its characterization of Vatican senior clergy as ruthlessly attempting to kill an innocent woman. Also controversial was the blossoming romance between the two main characters – one of whom is a priest. Another factor was the special effects, which appeared to make the manifestation of The Holy Stigmata border on demonic possession. Even the pictorial image on the promotional one sheet owes much to the one used for the film The Exorcist, a film about possession by the Devil.
Stigmata premiered at the box office in the number one position, earning $18.3 million in its first weekend, becoming the first film in five weekends to outgross The Sixth Sense at the box office.In the United States, Stigmata earned $50,046,268. Overseas the film earned $39,400,000 for a total worldwide gross $89,446,268, and on a budget of $29 million, this is considered a modest box office success..
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