It takes courage to walk in the truth...
Independent director Tony Childress (Matthew Modine) casts himself as Jesus Christ in This is My Blood, the film within Abel Ferrara’s film, Mary. With the gifted actress Marie Palesi (Juliette Binoche) as his Magdalene, all seems well until the shoot wraps and she refuses to accept that filming is over. Instead of returning with Tony to New York, she travels alone to Jerusalem to continue her spiritual journey inspired by her role.
A year later in Manhattan, Ted Younger (Forest Whitaker), a network TV journalist is in the midst of a week long special investigating the life and times of Jesus Christ. While his show is receiving high ratings, he and his wife (Heather Graham) are about to face a personal crisis which they are unprepared for spiritually or emotionally. As Tony’s film is about to premiere, they must confront spirituality in a personal way.
Moving between New York, Rome and Jerusalem, controversial director Abel Ferrara elicits extraordinary performances to reveal the truth behind the mystery and legend of Mary Magdalene, in resonant, revelatory and effortless style.
Mary won the Grand Special Jury Prize at the 2005 Venice Film Festival.
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"Mary (Epilogue)" by Fancis Kuipers