Molokai: The Story Of Father Damien

2000, Movie, PG, 113 mins

Filmmakers rarely capture the psychology of religious life, and while Paul Cox’s decorous biopic isn’t in the same league as DIARY OF A COUNTRY PRIEST (1950) or THE NUN’S STORY (1959), it doesn’t strike many false notes.

In the 1800's, leprosy has become such a scourge in Hawaii that Prime Minister Gibson (Sam Neill) banishes the afflicted to the island of Molokai. When Bishop Maigret (Leo McKern) and Father Fouesnel (Derek Jacobi) request a priest for these lost souls, Father Damien (David Wenham) volunteers. Father Damien is in for a rude awakening when he arrives on Molokai: He imagined he'd be consoling the afflicted, not dealing with rampant lawlessnes...

Released: 2000 Rated: PG Length: 113 mins

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