Son of Man (2006)



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The story of the life and death of Jesus Christ gets a new (and strongly politicized) retelling in a powerful drama from Africa. Mary (Pauline Malefane) is seeking shelter in a schoolhouse during a skirmish in the midst of a bloody civil war when she is visited by an angel of the Lord, who tells her that she will give birth to the son of God. Mary raises Jesus (Andile Kosi) until he grows to adulthood; he then sets out on his own, preaching a new faith which embraces compassion and non-violence while rejecting the corruption and brutality of the current political leadership. Jesus' teachings attract a handful of disciples ranging in age, background, and gender, but as a military occupation force takes over the land, the actions of those who oppose their authority are monitored closely by the new government, and Jesus and his associates are no exception. While intelligence agents regard Jesus as subversive but harmless, one of his disciples, Judas (Jim Hgxabaze), secretly meets with the authorities and convinces them the mysterious miracle worker is up to no good. Son of Man received its North American premiere at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

Well-acted, beautifully photographed and edited, it's a brisk story told with African music and universal pathos.

Aug 5, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Son of Man boils down the life of Jesus Christ to 86 concise minutes, restoring layers of political motivation largely absent from The Passion of the Christ and adding stirring original vocal music.

Jan 27, 2006
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This film is stunningly beautiful, and the fact that Jesus' experiences fit so perfectly into the contemporary black township points to the inherently political nature of this story.

Aug 23, 2017 | Full Review…

The film is worth watching just to see how the story is adapted, and for the elements that give it a National Geographic flair.

Feb 21, 2006 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

The religious set will certainly enjoy this vividly colorful new take on Jesus but the film sort of limits itself from the rest of us.

Jan 26, 2006 | Rating: 2/5

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