Full of Grace is an art-house, indie film about the last days of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Bahia Haifi) on earth. It’s currently available for streaming on Netflix in Canada and the USA. The movie story line flows back and forth between the struggles of Peter (Noam Jenkins) who is facing leadership challenges. The followers of Christ are distorting the Faith in thought and practice, and he struggles with his own call to lead the new church.
His brother apostles remind him that Jesus gave him the authority to lead, and that if he doesn’t, others (without authority) will fill the gap. Peter is connected with Our Lady, and their relationship is shown as a strong mother son bond. She calls on Peter as she approaches her last days, and the film revolves around this ‘call home’. All of the apostles had a strong bond with Mary, and they all call her mother. Mary is able to recount the beginnings of the church and Jesus’ call on not just Peter but on all of them. She shares about her memories of having the Son of God so close to her.
This isn’t a historical documentary, and there is creative license, but it does follow along with the historical and traditional recounts of Mary.
The pace of the film really struck me, and the first fifteen minutes of the film allowed me time to adjust to it. It isn’t an action packed ‘bible movie’ like we have been presented in the past, but rather it moves very slowly. In fact, as the movie progressed it seemed more like the flow of the prayer of the rosary, deep and mediative. Each new character revelation provides opportunity to sit and consider it’s meaning.
Is it Okay to Watch
(CCC, BBB) Strong Christian, biblical, moral worldview promotes evangelization and relationships to fellow believers, biblical setting and characters, and references to Jesus, God and prayer throughout; no foul language or obscenities; no violence; no sexual content; no nudity; no alcohol use; no drug use; and, no miscellaneous immorality or worldview problems.
Where to Watch
Google Play Movies $4.99 Rental, $9.99 Purchase
iTunes Store $9.99 Purchase
(prices are at the time of posting)
If you pick up Netflix, there are several other Catholic Movies currently available:
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