Stigmata (1999)

dir Rupert Wainwright. Patricia Arquette plays young woman who is afflicted with stigmata, mysterious wounds on the body that match Jesus Christ’s wounds during the crucifixion. Priest/Biologist Gabriel Byrne investigates. So disappointing, in the last 20 years this movie had grown in my mind to be a combination of THE EXORCIST (1973) and Dan Brown style religious mystery. It’s not in the same universe. The cinematography takes its cues from bad 1990s music videos, and there is no chemistry between Patricia Arquette and Gabriel Byrne. Interesting to see Jonathan Pryce play a Cardinal, 20 years before playing future Pope, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio in THE TWO POPES (2019). Enrico Colantoni (Veronica Mars dad) gives maybe the worst Italian accent in cinema. I should have known it would be terrible when the opening credits started with the song ‘Mary, Mary (Stigmatic Mix)’ by Chumbawamba. May Lord have mercy. 

By Nicholas Hudson-Ellis

Co-Founder & Film Programs Manager of Bangkok Screening Room.

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