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  • Summary: What are the first existential queries that lead us to question the absolute and consult teachers, parents, priests or older siblings? The Big Question is based on an idea that is very simple yet rather complex: it poses extremely direct questions to a large and varied group of people regarding their own intimate perception of the divine. The peculiar microcosm, a surprising sociological container, is the backdrop where these inquiries take place; it actually is a 'non-place' par excellence: the set of "The Passion of the Christ." (Ganga Film) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    70
    Intriguing and surprisingly witty.
  2. The overall effect, especially given the gorgeous setting and liquid-gold cinematography, is less a discussion of the divine than a commercial for it.
  3. 63
    The film's tone - a mix of childlike directness, twee whimsy and arty sentimentality - is a matter of taste.
  4. What might have made for an interesting short film lacks the weight to sustain its feature (albeit, brief) length, and even the presence of Mel Gibson, Jim Caviezel (in full bloody Christ mode) and Monica Bellucci is unlikely to attract any but the "Passion" obsessed.
  5. 50
    While the questions may be universal, they're not particularly original, and the responses largely run the expected range, rendering the whole project less enlightening than your average collegiate coffee-and-cigarettes bull session.
  6. 25
    Most of the interviews are as brief as they are obvious, and it doesn't help that none of those interviewees, including clergymen who served as technical advisers, are identified.

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