Film reviews are subjective. I tend to rate films not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. FishFlix.com provided me with a complimentary copy of this film in exchange for an honest review.
Full of Grace (2015) from Outside Da Box
Not Rated, but marked for All Ages with The Dove Seal. Drama, Faith, Historical
My rating: ★★★1/2
Description (from the film case): There is one person in the gospel that had the experience of living thirty years with Jesus–from birth through His resurrection: Mary, His Mother. After a full life with the Son of God–fleeing into Egypt, losing him in the temple and seeing him placed upon the cross–Mary lives her final earthly days in reflection. Ten years after the Resurrection, Mary eagerly awaits the return of the apostle, Peter. When he arrives in her home after years of traveling, ministering and narrowly escaping death, Peter expresses the overwhelming responsibility of preaching amidst heresies and conflict.
My thoughts: It’s contemplative, somber, and atmospheric, taking a simple, less-is-more approach to depict the end of Mary’s life as well as the leadership challenge facing Peter. His well-realized performance is actually my favorite, and in some ways, it’s more his story than Mary’s. This is primarily a movie of conversations: intimate, sober ones, reflecting on the past and on current issues in the burgeoning Church movement taking place offscreen.
There are flashbacks woven in, brief glimpses where the appearing characters do not speak, though the images of young Mary walking become redundant. The pacing of the movie is fittingly unhurried but a bit plodding at times, and while it’s safe viewing for all ages, I think children are unlikely to find it too interesting.
Indeed, it generally seems that viewers would have to have a pretty deep interest already in the historical context to remain engaged through the film. Still, there’s a quiet beauty about it, graced with poignant music and characters whose eyes effectively say even more than their mouths do. Plus, the DVD includes a Behind the Scenes featurette with Mary (actress Bahia Haifi) and a movie trailer. (Yup. I’m all about the movie bonuses.)