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Themes of faith, de­vo­tion, sin and sal­va­tion have been con­stant threads in master di­rec­tor Mar­tin Scors­ese’s cine­matic DNA. Per­haps never more so than here. Al­ter­nately pun­ish­ing and re­ward­ing through­out, the story is set in a 17th cen­tury Ja­pan ruth­lessly re­pelling all at­tempts by the Catholic Church to per­form con­ver­sions on their soil. With thou­sands of priests al­ready dead or miss­ing, two young Por­tuguese priests (An­drew Garfield and Adam Driver) se­cretly jour­ney in­side the coun­try to find out what has hap­pened to a lon­glost men­tor (Liam Nee­son). A long-term pas­sion project for Scors­ese that you re­ally must be in the mood for (this ain’t no Wolf Of Wall Street, that’s for sure!).

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