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Monday, July 9, 2012

Agora by Alejandro Amenábar, 2009 (R)

with Rachel Weisz (The Whisleblower, The Bourne Legacy, 360, Dream House, Constantine, The Deep Blue Sea), Max Minghella (The Social Network), Oscar Isaac (Drive, The Bourne Legacy), Ashraf Barhom, Michael Lonsdale (Of Gods and Men), Rupert Evans, Homayoun Ershadi, Sami Samir, Richard Durden, Omar Mostafa, Manuel Cauchi, Oshri Cohen, Charles Thake

As Christianity gains steam in Roman Egypt toward the end of the fourth century A.D., a young slave weighs his desire for freedom against his growing love for his mistress, an atheist and professor of philosophy.

A perfect role for Rachel Weisz, not that she can put on any role and wear it as herself, such as in "Envy" where she plays the kitschest wife ever, or an independent single mum in "About a Boy", a UN woman in a corrupted war in "The Whistleblower", the woman of many centuries in "The Fountain", a clumsy bookworm in "The Mummy" or finally a woman before her time in Agora. The movie is intelligent, although perhaps using the contemporary codes of fear in religious extremists having one face over time and the beautiful landscape of earth looking like exploring the application Google earth. The rest in really tragic, probably quite accurate, with the sad story of war of religions destroying knowledge, science, and everything that gives the tools for a person to think for himself. The truth is, watching this movie made me understand how far we went, to go backward for the many centuries following. And in a way, having the knowledge is reversible, being a free woman is reversible, and it is scary. May we this time remember history and not repeat it.

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