The film "the Mission" is similar to the waterfall, with which starts at this gorgeous river in the jungle: same mighty powerfully addictive.
The budget of this epic is clearly small. The scale and depth he nature provides. Music. Actors. And, in fact, the story is told as simply and easy though, it would seem that there is necessary to write treatises.
While remaining an entertaining story, the film is both a parable of Christianity, presenting three of his face, three faces. This Christianity is the authentic and imaginary. Christianity is true — and Christianity of people who, according to the expression of Berdyaev, 2000 every day crucify Christ.
Three characters represent three the face of Faith.
Brother Gabriel. A Jesuit monk. The brother of the first Christians, Francis of Assisi, all the dreamers and devotees of Catholicism.
It seems that these people do not happen. But Jeremy Irons could play Gabriel with a degree of sincerity that it becomes real. It is not perfect, but are completely honest at all. All that seem unattainable to the ordinary person, — the naturalness of faith, deep humility, absolute self-denial without tear deceit, — this is brother Gabriel: this is his faith. Lean, large-eyed, brooding as the character El Greek, he probably would get mad if it began to talk about his Holiness. Of course, if such can angry.
Gabriel — this is Heaven.
Mendoza. Inveterate sinner in the beginning of the story, a hunter on the Indians, selling them into slavery; the murderer's brother. And brother Gabriel, brother and the defender of the same with the Indians in the final.
Through the history of Mendoza's "the Mission" meets on one of the most difficult and sensitive issues of Christianity: the question of forgiveness. At this issue is breaking many people's faith with conscience and heart. It is impossible to accept the idea of forgiveness which may be granted to a person with a black, blind soul. This idea seems almost sacrilegious.
But Robert de Niro plays Mendoza, able to respond to this question as easy as Irons — play Holiness: seeing the depth of remorse that we all feel this broken strong man, the sincerity of repentance and readiness for any punishment, you understand: Hell is inevitable. Opposite: unforgiveness is impossible.
You're looking at Mendoza, exhausted, covered with mud internal and external — and comprehend the essence of the concept of "mercy".
It's not a question of mind, not matter of theology, — it is a question of feeling: the simple, yet have not accepted Christianity to the Indians, whom Mendoza had caused so much evil, I answer question — to forgive? Not to forgive? — heart.
The human soul is a Christian like said Tertullian, — and the Indians feel sorry and forgive Mendoza, seeing its remorse.
Meeting as in Christ, Gabriel and Mendoza, two man, so different and something so close, — become like the two faces of the same blade. They both now serve Christ, but how different. Both have the passion, courage and bravery, but one is the bravery of a Martyr, from other — warrior. They live a life and die, going in one direction, but one dies in battle, another — the head of religious processions. One — with a sword in hand, with the other — with the Holy Gifts.
Monk and Crusader, philosopher and warrior — they cannot live, real, sometimes even a little funny, but in the same time, each of them — symbol.
Mendoza — of course, also a symbol of Purgatory.
But there are three: senior priest. He is one face of Christianity — the line in the field where God confused with the Devil, in which, distorting to the opposites of the words of Christ become bishops and Popes. The priest is a force that spawned the Inquisition, bigotry, intolerance and all the savage crimes against God, who made the Christian civilization that was born a message of Good.
It is strange to use the word "force", speaking about cardinal Altamirano: actually, forces it is deprived. He didn't recognize any of the courage, nor sacrifice — but it has power. In contrast Gabriel Mendoza — typecasting of the past, — this, of course, our contemporary: the person is weak, small, with a round weak-willed person who is not able to believe or to repent. He, like most people of our age not devoid of conscience, doubt, the ability to compassion — but, when it comes time to choose between the victim and prosperity, he torment a little bit, selects, of course, comfort. He does not want evil, just follow instructions. He would betray his faith, not completely knowing; it is killing of Christ, ordering him to shoot in the praying of believers: not the worst, in fact, people.
But he — one of those turns the God-given world of Hell.
But before to condemn to the destruction of the world in he was he they will enjoy — and admire sincerely.
This in fact, the divine peace that is born of a South American beauty nature and beauty of the ideals of early Christianity. Gentle soul "savages", similar to the heroes of Rousseau and Voltaire, with their hands erecting exquisite temples of the pink stone and singin their vaults Ave Maria. Gold Indian bodies and tropical foliage; the splendor of the Church reliefs, and scattering of candles in twilight divine the thousand choirs. Regal sunsets overshadow the lives of ordinary, happy, peaceful, an island of purity, established by missionaries in the jungles of the New world. In Christian missions the Indians had briefly gained freedom and security leaving the customs of their ancestors. Work on the land, hunting, an innocent game of the river; a life similar to the legend of Paradise.
There will be many episodes of the tragic and terrible, a lot of pain and heroism; priest, an Indian silently withdraw from the clothing itself, and will simply be a slave, — a small episode on the middle ground, covered by a veil of tropical rain, — Christian soldiers busily killed several Indian babies, unfit for slavery, under the same rain
The mission Gabriel's will to resist. But the purity of the faith of Gabriel, walking calmly on a gun, the bravery of Mendoza will be powerless against the "professional Christianity" cardinal Altamirani with soft chin.
When all will be over, when will be the last act of the tragedy, several survivors of Indian children, leaving in the jungle, will take a violin — memory of lost Paradise, a musician Gabriele and his friend Mendoza. The terrain in the jungles of Paraguay up to the present day retain the name Les Missiones: about the origin of the word, few people will remember. The mighty waterfall, engulfed once righteous and murderers, will remain the same. A man-made hell Paradise of tropical nature will merge into the unity of our new bhoothalingam the world.
But one day, the old legends and vague memories of faith battles of yore will cast a magical parable "Mission". And this film is no one can remain indifferent.
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