Molokai: The Story Of Father Damien (1999)

PAUL COX

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB

Belgium/The Netherlands/Australia, 1999.  Era Films, Jos Stelling Filmprodukties BV, Kinepolis Film Productions.  Screenplay by , based on the book Damiaan, de definitieve biografie by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , , .  

Based on a true story, this engrossing film tells of an enigmatic young Belgian priest named Father Damien () 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.

Toronto International Film Festival:  1999

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