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Pope Francis: A Man of His Word

Universal // PG // December 4, 2018
List Price: $34.98 [Buy now and save at Amazon]

Review by Neil Lumbard | posted January 28, 2019 | E-mail the Author






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are times when a documentary film really hits home and has a message
that goes straight to the heart. Pope Francis: A Man of His
Word

is such a film. The documentary explores the world and message of the
beloved Pope Francis, who is renowned all around the world for his
messages of overcoming diversities and to live life with hope and
compassion. Directed by renowned filmmaker Wim Wenders (Pina).


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film explores the Pope as he traverses around the world and spreads
his important messages. The film explores a number of serious themes
and philosophies which are always relevant to the world in which we
live in. This is a film which aims to provoke discussion and inspire
reflection.


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exploration of greed (for example, the large margins in society
between those wealth elite with over 80% of the world's wealth for a
select few) while many hard-working families around the globe live
impoverished, paycheck-to-paycheck, many with the question of where
their next meal will come from is a central concept the Pope seems to
oppose vehemently. Pope Francis wants the impoverished to be able to
have housing and meals as basic human rights without struggling to
get by.


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ignorance and rejection of accepting immigrants in crisis as refugees
is another issue explored here. We live in a world where refugees are
leaving their countries torn by war and poverty to seek better lives
only to have many nations around the entire world struggle to accept
them as refugees in need of help: with people in need of food,
shelter, and compassion. A place to call home away from their
worn-torn countries with terrorism and everyday bombings and the
like.


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Pope also clearly wishes for the need for human beings to remember
that commonalities are more important to understanding humanity and
our fellow human beings than only looking at the ways in which we are
different. His views express his belief in seeking to understand one
another and the messages he expresses are filled with hope and
humanity. Without hope in our lives, there is nothing.


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many issues are explored in this documentary... including the immoral
and corrupt arms trades that sell guns to the highest bidders (with
governments worldwide profiteering from the spilled blood of innocent
lives for the sake of making a dollar on a gun). Or the way in which
forgiveness is much needed in our world. Or the way in which those
with power (such as those in government) need to remember their
responsibilities to the many people who work for them (this message
felt especially timely in wake of our nation's recent government
shutdown). The Pope also discusses issues ranging from social justice
to the need for us to protect the planet. His words are powerful and
sincere.


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Wenders (Paris, Texas, Wings of Desire)
has made a
beautiful film with so many strong messages to explore from Pope
Francis. It's a truly felt film. It is deeply moving. The documentary
feels so well crafted. It's almost like a painting with all of it's
tranquility. It's hard to imagine someone not having some kind of
strong reaction to this film. The Pope explores so many ideas and
concepts which are of value to our world. The filmmaking helps
deliver that message with grace. The music score by Laurent Petigand
(Beyond the Clouds) is tranquil while the
cinematography by
Lisa Rinzler (Three Seasons) is gorgeous and
awe-inspiring.


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Francis: A Man of His Word
looks terrific on Blu-ray with
a1080p
MPEG-4 AVC encoded high-definition presentation. This is an
exceptionally produced documentary. The photography here is
exquisite. The Blu-ray does a strong job of reproducing the film's
aesthetic tone. Wender's films are known for their visual elegance
and this film is no exception.


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The audio is presented in
5.1 DTS-HD
Master Audio. This is a strong lossless audio presentation. Although
most documentaries don't really make full use of the surrounds, this
documentary is a exception to that rule. The score and soundstage is
well utilized here and it sounds terrific. The dialogue reproduction
is excellent as well. This is a superb lossless sound mix.




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combo pack release includes a Blu-ray + Digital code.


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supplements of any kind of included on the disc.


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Thoughts:


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Francis: A Man of His Word
is a beautiful documentary which
will
inspire much thought and conversation when seen with others. This
documentary does an exceptional job of exploring Pope Francis's views
on several important societal issues. The film is filled to the brim
with humanity. Director Wim Wenders (Paris, Texas)
makes the
film a beautifully framed snapshot of the Pope. Without a doubt, Pope
Francis: A Man of His Word
should be considered as one of the
best documentaries of 2018.


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Recommended.



Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema. He aspires to make movies and has written two screenplays on spec. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.

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