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In a story of profound faith revered by much of humanity, one young woman struggles with the destiny for which she is chosen--to give birth to the Son of God and to become the object of salvation for billions of souls--a deeply moving journey told in A Nativity Story. The Academy Award-nominated star of Whale Rider, Keisha Castle-Hughes, portrays Mary, a young wife and soon-to-be mother upon whom a seemingly impossible burden will be placed. Over the two years before the birth of Jesus, as Mary realizes that she will bear a child fated to change the world, she discovers the inner strength, faith and grace that have earned her the veneration of billions of people for two thousand years.]]>
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It is a lovely story, told quite simply and tastefully. The costumes and village sets are rough-hewn and authentic-looking in earth-tones. The international cast features Keisha Castle-Hughes as a straightforward and uncomplaining Mary, used to hard work and Roman tyranny. Oscar Isaac is a warm and protective Joseph. Shohreh Aghdashloo is wonderful as Mary's cousin Elizabeth; in fact, the entire cast is excellent.
The movie is suitable for all ages and I hope it becomes a tradition to show it on television every Christmas. It sticks to the Bible story and is happily lacking in Hollywood razzle-dazzle. The photography is beautiful and it is respectfully directed. Highly recommended.
As for the performances, they are excellent (with, perhaps, the single exception of the Archangel Gabriel, whom I found a bit distracting)! Throughout, you get the sense of really getting to know the principle characters of the nativity narratives... what they might have been thinking, how they may have felt. The film provides unique perspectives that most never take the time to think through, and those perspectives bring the story to life. Again, if you have problems with films that are not packed with motion and non-stop action, you probably won't make it through this one. If you enjoy deep thought and prayer, on the other hand, this film will more than satisfy. I love it and I'm buying multiple copies for all of my friends that missed it in the theaters.
Note: After reading a few other comments from others, I wanted to add a brief post-script regarding the scriptural accuracy of the film.Read more ›
The Nativity Story basically tells the story of Mary and Joseph from the time Mary is betrothed and then finds out she is to give birth to God's Son up through the time of Jesus' birth and the family's evacuation to Egypt. It does an exceptional job of humanizing Mary and Joseph. At 14, Mary is on the brink of womanhood, and early on we are treated with several moments showing us a glimpse of the normal child she was. Her sudden betrothal to Joseph is not something she welcomes, but we see it as a reality of family survival in those troubled times under the double domination of Herod and Rome. When the angel appears to her, she accepts the good news he brings - yet she doesn't completely believe it until she finds her much older cousin Elizabeth carrying the child who would be Jesus' messenger. Her most trying time comes when she returns home. A lot of adaptations tend to gloss over this part. Put yourself in her place, though - she's a 14-year-old girl, betrothed to a good man, who returns home with a child she claims to have been miraculously conceived by the Holy Spirit. Her story was even less plausible back then than it would be today.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a wonderful dvd about the Nativity story. It tells it how it really was- including the poverty, the fear, the disbelief along with the joy, amazement and faith. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Tcrane
Excellent movie to remind us what Christmas is really about. It is a must watch.Published 1 day ago by Amber L.
Beautifully done! We loved this and even my 3 year old watched the whole movie!!Published 2 days ago by Lori Thomas
Gritty reality. Really brings Mary's and Joseph's sacrifices home.Published 8 days ago by Stephen Schwambach
Awesome movie. Great for kids to understand the story of Jesus birth and why Christmas is so important.Published 9 days ago by Douglas Hanna
Best movie "ever" depicting the birth of Jesus and the events leading up to it. Loved the portrayal of Mary. Wonderful if you have daughters. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Melodie
Amazing movie. Only good movie about Christmas and it's true meaning.Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
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None of the "Passion of the Christ" films were bloody enough to be the truth. They actually scourged Him so badly the guy in charge told the men beating Christ that they were going to find He's bled to death before He even made it to His own crucifixion.
Mar 3, 2009 by Jeanne | See all 2 posts
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The way I viewed it, the lady just takes Mary's hand and starts to read it. Mary doesn't request her services. Being polite, she just let her do it for fun.
Dec 6, 2008 by Sara | See all 9 posts
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