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Title: Amadeus
Director: Milos Forman
Year: 1984
Language: English
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Title: The Prestige
Director: Christopher Nolan
Year: 2006
Language: English
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"Anyway, in general I love tragic artists, especially classical ones."

"Even the forms for expressing truth can be multiform, and this is indeed necessary for the transmission of the Gospel in its timeless meaning."

- Pope Francis, August 2013 interview with Antonio Spadaro

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Anybody want to nominate some film version of A Christmas Carol? Seems that's a rather prominent mercy story. But I can't think of a film version I like much. (Nope, not a big fan of Muppet Christmas Carol.)

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We didn't say it has to show perfect mercy. So here's a film that wrestles with messy questions about mercy, and it stirred up some heavy debate when it was out.

Title: Million Dollar Baby
Director: Clint Eastwood
Year: 2004
Language: English
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0405159/?ref_=nv_sr_1
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9 hours ago, Overstreet said:

Anybody want to nominate some film version of A Christmas Carol? Seems that's a rather prominent mercy story. But I can't think of a film version I like much. (Nope, not a big fan of Muppet Christmas Carol.)

This is a glaring omission. And I do love the Alastair Sim version of the film, so:

Title: Scrooge AKA A Christmas Carol
Director: Brian Desmond Hurst
Year:1951
Language: English
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0044008/reference
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Title: Calvary
Director: John Michael McDonough
Year: 2014
Language: English
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Title: The Emperor's New Groove
Director: Mark Dindal
Year: 2000
Language: English
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Link to the A&F thread on the film (none)

 

Title: Faustina / Faustyna
Director: Jerzy Lukaszewicz
Year: 1995
Language: Polish
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Title: Monsieur Vincent
Director: Maurice Cloche
Year: 1947
Language: French
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Title: Longford
Director: Tom Hooper
Year: 2003
Language: English
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Title: The Overnighters
Director: Jesse Moss
Year: 2014
Language: English
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Title: Pieces of April
Director: Peter Hedges
Year: 2003
Language: English
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Title: The Tree of Wooden Clogs
Director: Mark Dindal
Year: 1978
Language: Italian
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Title: Tsotsi
Director: Gavin Hood
Year: 1995
Language: English
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Title: Witness
Director: Peter Weir
Year: 1985
Language: English
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Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
Night of the Hunter
Pickpocket

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I see I'm actually the second person to nominate The Overnighters, which wasn't listed on the nominees page. I guess that means it's seconded. 

Edit: Nope, I actually thirded it! 

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4 minutes ago, SDG said:

I see I'm actually the second person to nominate The Overnighters, which wasn't listed on the nominees page. I guess that means it's seconded. 

Edit: Nope, I actually thirded it! 

Basically, The Overnighters should *definitely* be considered.

Second Pieces of April. And I while love The Emperor's New Groove, I dunno if I view it as a film about mercy, per se. Might have to rewatch it through that lens.

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Second Tsotsi.

Can I second Faustina based on the very little I've seen of it?

 

P.S. SDG - you might want to check your nominations post. Some of the years are badly off. (i.e. Tree of the Wooden Clogs - 2000)

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"Anyway, in general I love tragic artists, especially classical ones."

"Even the forms for expressing truth can be multiform, and this is indeed necessary for the transmission of the Gospel in its timeless meaning."

- Pope Francis, August 2013 interview with Antonio Spadaro

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8 minutes ago, Evan C said:

Can I second Faustina based on the very little I've seen of it?

I sure hope so!

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P.S. SDG - you might want to check your nominations post. Some of the years are badly off. (i.e. Tree of the Wooden Clogs - 2000)

Thanks, found and corrected two copy-and-paste errors.

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I'll second Scrooge.

46 minutes ago, Joel Mayward said:

And I while love The Emperor's New Groove, I dunno if I view it as a film about mercy, per se. Might have to rewatch it through that lens.

I hope someone will rethink this. The Emperor's New Groove can be seen from many angles — it's a redemption story, a story about selfishness and decency, egotism and community — but the fulcrum of the story is Pacha's compassion for Kuzco when he has no reason to be.

He's warned Kuzco not to attempt the trip on his own. He knows if the llama doesn't make it, it solves his problem. But he can't leave Kuzco to the end he deserves; he has compassion for him, shows him mercy. Again and again Pacha puts his heck on the line to save Kuzco when it would be in his own self-interest to walk way. That's mercy in my book. 

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Golly.  Tsotsi is a great choice.  I'm glad we didn't miss that one.

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You've convinced me; I second The Emperor's New Groove.

 

And check that post once more; Tsotsi wasn't released in 1995, nor is it in Polish; nor is Tree of the Wooden Clogs in English.

"Anyway, in general I love tragic artists, especially classical ones."

"Even the forms for expressing truth can be multiform, and this is indeed necessary for the transmission of the Gospel in its timeless meaning."

- Pope Francis, August 2013 interview with Antonio Spadaro

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Title: Enemy Mine
Director:  Wolfgang Petersen
Year: 1985
Language: English

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too lazy to look and see if all have been seconded, but ...

I second L'ENFANT

I second TREE OF THE WOODEN CLOGS

I second MONSIEUR VINCENT

I second WITNESS

I second OF GODS AND MEN (surely that's been fifthed by now?)

I second HADEWIJCH

Yeah ... well ... I'm gonna have to go ahead and disagree with you there on that one.

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Title Joyeux Noel

Director: Christian Carion

Year: 2005

Language: English

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I thought nominations closed at midnight EST (so 15 more minutes).

"Anyway, in general I love tragic artists, especially classical ones."

"Even the forms for expressing truth can be multiform, and this is indeed necessary for the transmission of the Gospel in its timeless meaning."

- Pope Francis, August 2013 interview with Antonio Spadaro

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I'll throw these up quick for consideration in the 10 minutes that's left.  See what you folks think.  If any are seconded then I'll fill in the details tomorrow.

Nominate.

 

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If it's not too late, per Attica's and my discussion about a horror film which deals with mercy:

Title: The Brood
Director: David Cronenberg
Year: 1979
Language: English
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"Anyway, in general I love tragic artists, especially classical ones."

"Even the forms for expressing truth can be multiform, and this is indeed necessary for the transmission of the Gospel in its timeless meaning."

- Pope Francis, August 2013 interview with Antonio Spadaro

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