The Apparition

Jacques (Vincent Lindon) is a journalist at a large regional newspaper in France. His reputation as an impartial investigator attracts the attention of the Vatican, who recruit him to lead a committee to explore the legitimacy of a saintly apparition in a small French village-a true canonical investigation. Upon his arrival, he meets the young novitiate Anna, who claims to have personally witnessed an apparition of the Virgin Mary. She’s garnered an impressive following in the village but is torn between her faith and the many solicitations she receives. Confronted with opposing views from clergy members and skeptics, Jacques finds his belief system profoundly shaken as he works to uncover the hidden motivations and pressures at work. In French with subtitles. (144 mins)

“Jacques seeks proof, but comes to accept, in the end, that evidence may be less important than what some people need to believe.” – Michael O’Sullivan, Washington Post

“The result is something rare: a genuinely engaging cinematic treatment of faith, one that offers revelations even as it casts a gimlet eye on Revelation.” – Mathew Lickona, San Diego Reader

“Faith and science clash as Lindon maneuvers through the film like a secular sponge soaking in religion only to eventually ring himself out to examine the evidence with an unbiased point of view.” – Joe Friar, The Victoria Advocate