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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful Journey, 15 Dec 2011
This review is from: Relics & Roses [DVD] (DVD)
By following the English Tour of the Relics of St Therese of Lisieux, one of the Catholic Church's best loved saints, Michael Whyte, who made the wonderful No Greater Love, has added another dimension to the canon of films about religious life. Documenting the visit to the cathedrals of Liverpool and Westminster as well as more humble churches, a prison and a hospice provides the backbone of the film. Whyte also interviews many of the pilgrims who came to venerate the relics and it is often in these more modest interviews that the spirit of St Therese is captured. Of course there are interviews with the great and good of the Catholic Church who present the importance of St Therese and her writings but it is the modesty and often the inability of the public to express her importance that captures the reasons that St Therese means so much to the ordinary Catholic Community. There are surprises, the visit to York Minster, the second church in the Anglian Faith and a revealing and generous interview with the Dean of York followed by a protest outside the Minster by a fundamental protestant group who are also given an opportunity to explain themselves. Matthew Parris, the Times journalist offers a dissenting voice but none of this takes away the achievement of the film which is to bring home the need for faith in this society and insight to the reason why St Therese is so important. Throughout the film, sayings and insights from St Therese's book, Journey of a Soul, are used to add to sequences. Two very poignant sequences stand out amongst many memorable ones; the visit to Wormwood Scrubs Prison and the Hospice of St John and Elizabeth. The film could so easily have very repetitive but Whyte keeps the interest strong with a constantly refreshing look at the veneration of relics, the importance of St Therese as a spiritual guide and provides an insight to the importance of faith in society today. A very compelling film and a worthy companion piece to No Greater Love.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unusual event that speaks for itself..., 27 Feb 2012
This review is from: Relics & Roses [DVD] (DVD)
`Relics and Roses' is Michael Whyte's second expose of faith in action - following `No Greater Love' - with his by now familiar, gentle but illuminating style. I say gentle, because that is how you are led, gently, without commentary and without fuss. I say illuminating, because he throws light on a many layered and complex subject - that of the veneration of Relics within a Christian context.

Having used the word gentle, it is no syrupy hagiography: he confronts the subject head-on, with the many and varied interviews and scenes, from the great and the good, to ordinary folk, expressing a wide range of views and emotions. From the opposites of the articulate Archbishop of Westminster to the eloquent atheistic Matthew Parris; from the opposites of the expressive Dean of York Minster to the robust rebuttal of the Protestant Truth Society; from the utter disbelief of the man-in-the-street atheist, to the reflective, heartfelt utterings of the faithful - the film achieves a remarkable balance in depicting all points of view.

Again, without commentary, the scenes shot at the varying venues round the country give powerful narrative: the impressive, dignified and immense backdrops of York Minster and Liverpool Cathedral, the moving, intimate scenes at the Hospice, parishioners speaking with feeling at Salford, the flickering images of hundreds of students marching by torchlight in Manchester, the stark, forbidding, but very moving observations at Wormwood Scrubs, to the joyful finale at Westminster Cathedral - all contribute to a marvelous telling of the tour of St Therese's Relics round England and Wales in 2009.

But above all it is the portrayal of the many thousands of mainly British people - not usually renowned for their overt expression of religious feeling or belief - patiently queuing with quiet anticipation, and then approaching the ornate casket confidently but humbly, and silently offering their prayers, their hopes, their fears, their desires... and displaying a dignified sense of trust in so doing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Insider's Guide, 23 Nov 2011
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An Insider's Guide to the Visit of the Relics of St Therese of Lisieux to England and Wales.
Over 300,000 people visited the relics of St Therese of Lisieux in September 2009 - this DVD is for all those who took part in that pilgrimage and anyone interested to know why the relics pulled in the crowds.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving and Inspiring film about Saint Thérèse, 15 Nov 2011
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I visited the relics during their tour of England and this film remarkably captures the spirit, of the tour with humour, kindness and insight. There's a really moving and stunning sequence as the relics visit the prison at Wormwood Scrubs. Remarkable interviews with the public, The Archbishop of Westminster and organisers of this tour. Fascinating, insightful and beautiful film. I highly recommend to both the religious and anyone interested in faith and spirituality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Relics and roses, 16 Feb 2014
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I may have seen the movie but,how dare you use my granddaughter in your review .I bought the DVD and I will review it
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