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Big Question, The

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Source: Catholic News Service

Curious documentary in which filmmakers Francesco Cabras and Alberto Molinari pose several direct questions to fellow cast and crew members on the set of "The Passion of the Christ" -- Mel Gibson among them -- about their personal religious beliefs, eliciting responses both poignant and pretentious from a diversity of creeds as well as from agnostics and atheists. Cleverly shot using the ancient Southern Italian town where Gibson's movie was shot as a backdrop, and with many of the respondents in full biblical costume, the film works for the most part, despite consisting of little more than people candidly discussing their ideas of the divine, interspersed with artsy images of a dog wandering the landscape. Subtitles. A brief drug reference. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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