Stigmata (1999)

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Director : Rupert Wainwright
Starring: Patricia Arquette, Gabriel Byrne. USA. 1h 43m

Patricia Arquette plays, Frankie a young hip hairdresser who works and salon  that also offers tattoos waaaaaay you before that was ever popular, she goes out clubbing with her friends and is generally having quite an amazing time before she starts getting gross bleeding wounds in her wrists and feet which then turn to my fan to a constant downer.

While her life of turned upside down she is soon made a pet  project by the experience tennis to father Andrew Keirnan (Gabriel Byrne) who also managed to play incarnation of Satan in the same year In the more efficient at end of days also starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.  the astute father, is deeply concerned about her situation  as he is the chief Vatican phenomenal investigator he is constantly dressed in severe back and designer spectacles,  he manages the coach her  through an unusual situation.

Hey do you know what’s scarier than not believing in god?

The film seems to take several different directions the narrative is never clear, at first it seems that this is a phenomenon that could just happen to anybody but it seems a mistake to have happened to Frankie as she is an atheist. There is no attempt to make this a spiritual journey Frankie goes through possession style torture and is under the watchful eye of the church you’re more likely to find more meaning of suffering by watching MTV.

There is some strong dialogue and good acting all round and it’s quite interesting but the film forms the basis for which the viewer has to fill in the blanks therefore you can make it is a spiritual all as supernatural if you wish. The storyline does make it watchable but it’s just not a great movie,  but possibly one of the better modern introduction to the phenomenon that we don’t actually see a lot of in these modern day features,  even with the rise of exorcism and possession films especially from the found footage genre, stigmata if often glazed over. It would be interesting to see someone address this is more gritty way.

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Rating 3/10

R –  The Exorcist (1973), End of  Days (1999),  Matthew 18 (2014)
L – Selected Religious Films
5B – Gabriel Byrne, Patricia Arquette
Vs -Gabriel Priest vs Gabriel Satan
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