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Source: Catholic News Service

Absorbing adaptation of David Auburn's award-winning Broadway play concerning a young woman (Gwyneth Paltrow) coping with the mental illness -- and subsequent death -- of her genius mathematician father (Anthony Hopkins), and fearing that she may have inherited his madness. Director John Madden has sensibly opened up the play for the screen, and with strong performances by Paltrow, Hope Davis as her uptight sister, and Jake Gyllenhaal as her father's ex-student, the play's theme that some things -- like love and trust -- can never be "proven" in a mathematical or scientific sense and must be verified in less concrete terms resonates as well as ever. Scattered instances of profanity, rough and crude language and expressions, a nongraphic premarital sexual encounter, other brief sexual references, and drug use make this best for older adolescents and up. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.



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Gerard of Lunel: Gerard, born into a noble family in southern France, showed an early inclination to piety—so much so that he received the habit of the Third Order of St. Francis at the age of five. When he was 18, Gerard and his brother, Effrenaud, hid themselves in a cave on the banks of a river and began two years of living as hermits. Both brothers then decided to go on a pilgrimage, in part to discourage the many visitors to the hermitage who had heard of their reputation for holiness. Making their way to Rome on foot, they spent two years there, visiting its many famous churches and shrines. 
<p>They intended to continue to Jerusalem, but Gerard collapsed on the way. While his brother went to seek help, he left Gerard in a simple cottage near Montesanto, Italy, but Gerard expired before his brother's return. </p><p>Many miracles are said to have taken place at Gerard's tomb, making it a favorite place of pilgrimage. People who were afflicted with headaches or subject to epilepsy experienced special relief through his intercession. The city of Montesanto has long venerated Blessed Gerard as its principal patron. He is sometimes known as Gery, Gerius or Roger of Lunel.</p> American Catholic Blog It is an astonishing truth that God made human beings in his image. An immortal, rational, free and loving God made beings who have immortal souls and who are rational, free, and made to love and to be loved. Human life is sacred because it specifically reflects the nature of the divine.

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