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|Patricia Arquette, Gabriel Byrne
Oh no, I don't think so.
She might get creeped out and hide on her face
on your shoulder.
Some kinda artsy scenes, but not right out
Graphic scenes of body parts getting crucified.
There were a couple of one-liners.
The ones where they show body parts getting
crucified and the one where the possessed Frankie
is tossing around Father Andrew like a stuffed
Hookers say to Father Andrew as he's walking by,
after realizing he is a priest, something like
"We'll give you the Vatican discount!"
Frank Mancuso Jr.
I jumped in the dude-mobile and headed
to the giga-plex, barely parked between the lines, and
headed to the ticket booth with every intention of seeing
"Stir of Echoes." I bought the ticket, headed to the
concession area to buy a big, ol' bottle of water, and then
said to myself "Self, 'Stir of Echoes' doesn't start for
half an hour and 'Stigmata' starts in 15 minutes and is in
the giant theater. Why don't you go see 'Stigmata' instead?"
So, I did. After watching it I was thinking two things. One,
I really hope no one ever sends me a rosary, and two, my
money might have been better spent on the movie I planned to
A Movie Review
The quick gist of the movie goes like this: A priest
dies. Mystically his spirit is transferred to Frankie
(Patricia Arquette) when she receives a rosary that this
priest owned as a gift from her mother. Frankie then begins
getting the wounds of Christ on her body. Enter Father
Andrew (Gabriel Byrne), the Vatican's investigator into
Christian vision things (i.e. bleeding statues, reflections
in glass, crying pictures, and yes, stigmata). His first
thought after meeting Frankie is that there is no way in
hell Frankie can have true stigmata because she's an
atheist, but then he finds that she knows this little used
2000ish year old languages and freaks out a lot. He's now a
believer but must figure out why she has been so afflicted.
Meanwhile the high-ups in the Catholic church know the truth
about Frankie and decide that it's better if she's not
around because if her secret comes out, well, the foundation
of the pomp and grandeur of the church will be shattered.
Ahh, a cover-up of the highest order!
The movie is an interesting look at the supposed "Jesus
Gospel," the actual words of Jesus and what he meant the
church should be, but it takes a long time to get there. In
the meantime we get to see that the Catholic church is
better at covering up the truth than any government, that
every cross is wrong because Christ would have been nailed
through the wrists and not the palms (duh, although how come
I've seen plenty of crosses with the correct placement of
the nails?), that Frankie doesn't complain to her landlord
about her leaky ceiling, and that even atheists can be
possessed by spirits. I don't know, the movie wasn't that
bad as a movie goes, but the best scenes of this movie were
the crucifixion scenes as Frankie became afflicted with the
stigmata. It tried too hard to be scary instead of just
getting to the ultimate point that I saw in the movie - the
deception that the church is carrying on with.
Oh well, I would suggest that you wait for video on this
one. Not that bad and kinda creepy, but not that good
either. I give it 2 stars out of 5.
That's it for this one, I'm The Dude on the Right!!