The Apparition

144+ min. In French w/English subtitles. Music Box Films. 2018. DVD UPC 751778951284. $29.95.
A dedicated journalist (Vincent Lindon) recovering from a traumatic injury agrees to assist a Vatican-directed team investigating the claim of a teen novitiate (Galatéa Bellugi) to have witnessed an apparition of the Virgin Mary. Pitting rural French priests against the church hierarchy, with a seemingly sincere girl and her many devoted followers caught in the middle, Xavier Giannoli's (Marguerite) pensive drama provides a fresh take on the timeless theme of faith versus reason. Having an agnostic truth-seeker reexamine his own beliefs deepens an unfolding mystery.
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