A Hollywood film about St. Mary Magdalene is set to hit the movie theaters in the United States this month. And the question on many people’s minds is whether the film will highlight the popular fallacy that St. Magdalene was a prostitute before she became a faithful follower to Christ.
Titled Mary Magdalene, the film follows the life of the young Jewish woman who became one of the first disciples of Jesus. Attempting to do away with the mistaken belief that St. Magdalene was a prostitute who eventually found refuge and forgiveness in the hands of Christ, Mary Magdalene highlights St. Mary Magdalene’s significant actions that challenged–if not changed–the patriarchal norms of her time.
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As stated in the official synopsis of the movie, Mary Magdalene “tells the moving story of one of the most misunderstood women in history, alternately vilified as a sinner and canonized as a saint.” Set in the First Century A.D., the film features young and free-spirited Magdalene who, after running away from her home to escape her family and an arranged marriage, found her calling by joining a radical new movement that was being led by the great Jesus of Nazareth.
As the only woman in the group, we see how Magdalene shapes history by defying the gender norms of her society. The inspiring story of how she experienced a “profound spiritual awakening” through the intervention of Jesus Christ and how she dealt with a growing conflict among Jesus’ apostles, Peter and Judas, was also tackled in the film.
Mary Magdalene lands in US theaters on April 12–within exactly a week before the Easter Sunday celebrations. The movie, directed by Garth Davis, stars Rooney Mara as Mary Magdalene, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Peter, Tahar Rahim as Judas, and Joaquin Phoenix as Jesus of Nazareth.
For now, there’s no word yet if the film will be shown in the Philippines. But you can learn more about Mary Magdalene by watching the movie’s official trailer below: