Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Agora

Director: Alejandro Amenábar
Starring: Rachel Weisz, Max Minghella, Oscar Isaac, Ashraf Barhom, Michael Lonsdale, Sammy Samir

Set in the Roman Egyptian city Alexandria in 391 AD. Agora tells the cautionary tale of Hypatia (Rachel Weisz), brilliant mathematician, philosopher and astronomer who is the head mistress of the Alexandria Academy. Schooled in neoplatonic enquiry she is on a quest to unravel the mysteries of celestial movements. This makes her almost oblivious to all things material, including being wooed. As the years pass and her students and slave become more influential in a changing society, she fails to realize she has now become a heretic. The movie is a parable about religious intolerance and in particular the intolerance of militant Christianity. Despite the ingredients, which are all there, it is not a very gripping film. Which is a great pity.

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