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The townspeople are not interested in their play because there is a real life drama unfolding around them. A mute woman is accused of witchcraft and sentenced to hang for the murder of a young boy. The players decide to produce a play about that incident and Willem Dafoe visits her in her jail cell where she tells her story through sign language. Convinced of her innocence, they produce a new play. But naturally there are complications.
Filmed in Spain and England, the feeling of the times, and especially of the dirt, disease and poverty are captured well. The story is a good one although a little hard to follow. But, by the end, however, I understood it perfectly. Acting was uniformly good and I did feel the complexities of such an ambitious plot. However, the film editing could have been better. In one scene particularly, there were a few discordant spots that would have been better left on the cutting room floor.
Also, in spite of the attempts of the producers, this was no Shakespearean play. And although I did enjoy it, it was always from an outsider's perspective. I never really got caught up in the emotion.
I was also hoping for some extras on the DVD because I would have liked to go a little bit behind the scenes. But, alas, there was none.
Generally, I think this film was good. And it does get my recommendation. It just doesn't belong at the top of my list.
Paul Bettany is Father Nicholas a young, dishonored priest now fugitive fleeing his outraged parish for his life. Eventually meeting up with a troupe of traveling actors headed by Martin (Willem Dafoe) their roaming ends up in a village where a mute woman is to be put to death for the murder of a young boy.
Nicholas, Martin and company alter their morality plays to reflect the injustice surrounding them upsetting the authorities and much of the populace. Oh yeah, and then there's the plague!
A fascinating movie The Reckoning will probably not be to everyone's liking, but if you enjoy period pieces particularly medieval, this one features a terrific cast and is emotionally satisfying as well as theatrically compelling.
A Very atmospheric film, quite original in its context (although NAME OF THE ROSE entered this territory earlier). A good and different film.
The movie opens with the words from Romans 8: 21: "We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose." God can bring good out of the worst situations, as Father Nicholas' discovers when he is adopted by the band of traveling players, with Willem Dafoe as the gifted leading actor. Dafoe is a master of his craft, as always. The film shows how medieval theater was an extension of religious worship, as the Bible stories are dramatized in "mystery plays" at festivals. In this case, as in Hamlet, the play becomes a means of solving a brutal murder, a deed which has traumatized the inhabitants of an English village. The heart of the mystery lies in the imposing Norman fortress on the mountain, and Father Nicholas will not rest until justice is done, hoping to expiate his own crime.Read more ›
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Just a little silly for me when they figure out what was going on in the heat of it all-if you want to call it that- It's as if someone says "Well let's do a play about it... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Little Robbie
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Excellent movie about traveling actors and the difference they can do to right a wrong.Published 7 months ago by Ocean_Faith
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Pretty good, and worth the watch if you enjoy period films. Paul Bettany is great, as always. Interesting look at the times when actors were typically only allowed/expected to... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Melissa Rawsky
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