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Love and Mercy: Faustina

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Polish filmmaker Michal Kondrat's docudrama tells the story of the birth and growth of the devotion to Divine Mercy that originated with the visions of Jesus (Bartosz Ziemniak) experienced in the 1930s by St. Faustina Kowalska (Kamila Kaminska). Seamlessly combining reenactments with interviews and narration, the film recounts how the saint's early death at age 33 left her confessor and spiritual director (Maciej Malysa) to continue working on her behalf to fulfill the requests that Jesus had made of her, including the establishment of a feast of Divine Mercy for the universal church. A sequence exploring how scientists have compared the original painting with the image on the Shroud of Turin is especially fascinating.

Watch out for: An off-screen suicide.

Rated: A-II, adults and adolescents; MPAA: not rated 

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