Thursday, March 25, 2010

Agora - Masters, Slaves & Loving Someone to Death

Intolerance is the root of all wars in the world. If we lived to respect each others beliefs and learned to live with others - there wouldn't be any war!

In 4th century Alexandria (Egypt), a growing fervor of Christianity is pushing the patience of the ruling minority of pagan leaders. When the Christians began openly mocking the pagan gods, believers had to retaliate. This escalated into a full scale civil war that tore Alexandria apart. In the center of this strife is Hypatia (Rachel Weisz), the atheist philosopher whose hunger for knowledge (and astronomy) is boundless! But "Agora" really focuses on the romantic love that a young slave Davus (Max Minghella) has for his master Hypatia - and how he ultimately offers a particularly painful sacrifice for the sake of his love.

One of my all-time favorite directors Anthony Minghella ("The English Patient") passed away recently, but has left behind a breathing and living legacy - his son Max Minghella who captivates as the smart slave servant who's in love with his master (mistress)!

If you loved "The Others", then this is another Amenabar film that will have you shaken as the credits roll by. It won seven awards at the Goya - the Spanish Oscars! Director Alejandro Amenabar - "Thesis", "Open Your Eyes", "The Sea Inside", etc. - is a cinematic God!

Max Minghella is Davus.

Stealing glances.

Rachel Weisz is electrifying as the philosopher Hypatia.

Max Minghella is brilliant like his dad. He is Eurasian, thus the very exotic looks.

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