(out of 5)
Based on a true story, this engrossing film tells of an enigmatic young Belgian priest named Father Damien (David Wenham) who moved to the leper colony in Molokai (one of Hawaii’s islands) to take care of the neglected people there. Giving these people love and spiritual guidance when no one could even be bothered to spare any funding for them, Father Damien’s efforts arouse the notice of Hawaii’s royals and eventually the world before he succumbs to the disease himself. Paul Cox has made a career of filming totally original stories, and this awe-inspring epic is no different. Hawaii has never looked more haunting or beautiful.
Directed by Paul Cox
Cinematography by Nino Gaetano Martinetti
Music by Paul Grabowsky
Production Design by Jan Petitjean
Costume Design by Bernadette Corstens