Father Frans has shared five of his favorite christian movies for you to watch this summer!
The Two Popes - An intimate story of one of the most dramatic transitions of power in the last 2,000 years. Frustrated with the direction of the church, Cardinal Bergoglio (Jonathan Pryce) requests permission to retire in 2012 from Pope Benedict (Anthony Hopkins). Instead, facing scandal and self-doubt, the introspective Pope Benedict summons his harshest critic and future successor to Rome to reveal a secret that would shake the foundations of the Catholic Church. Behind Vatican walls, a struggle commences between both tradition and progress, guilt and forgiveness, as these two very different men confront their pasts in order to find common ground and forge a future for a billion followers around the world. Inspired by true events. —Netflix
The Mission - Jeremy Irons plays a Spanish Jesuit who goes into the South American wilderness to build a mission in the hope of converting the Indians of the region. Robert De Niro plays a slave hunter who is converted and joins the Jesuit in his mission. When Spain sells the colony to Portugal, they are forced to defend all they have built against the Portuguese aggressors
Chariots on Fire - In the class-obsessed and religiously divided United Kingdom of the early 1920's, two determined young runners train for the 1924 Paris Olympics.
Tree of Life - In this highly philosophical film by acclaimed director Terrance Malick, young Jack is one of three brothers growing up as part of the O'Brien family in a small-town Texas. Jack has a contentious relationship with his father, but gets along well with his mother. As an adult, Jack struggles with his past and tries to make sense of his childhood, while also grappling with bigger existential issues.
Shawshank Redemption - Andy Dufresne is sentenced to two consecutive life terms in prison for the murders of his wife and her lover and is sentenced to a tough prison. However, only Andy knows that he didn't commit the crimes. While there, he forms a friendship with Red, and experiences brutality of prison life, adapts, helps the warden, etc. all in 19 years.