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Agora

Released on 16 August 2010

Featuring: Rachel Weisz, Max Minghella & Oscar Isaac

Format: DVD | Rating: 12 years & over

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4th Century A.D. Egypt under the Roman Empire... Violent religious upheaval in the streets of Alexandria spills over into the City's famous Library. Trapped inside its walls, the brilliant astronomer Hypatia and her disciples fight to save the wisdom of the Ancient World... Among them, the two men competing for her heart: the witty, privileged Orestes and Davus, Hypatia's young slave, who is torn between his secret love for her and the freedom he knows can be his if he chooses to join the unstoppable surge of the Christians.


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I really didn't know what to expect with this which is probably a good thing!
Anyone who is interested in history should enjoy this film. It gives an interesting scope of an evolving society obsessed with religion and knowledge. This was a time where your beliefs could mean life or death, and for Hypatia it is a story of survival and courage, where her faith lying in astronomy, mathematics and scientific fact as opposed to practicing a religious faith results in her downfall.
I found it quite difficult to watch at times but very interesting, thought provoking and enjoyable for most. It is mostly solid in terms of script and pace and the cinematography is wonderful.
Weisz is an excellent actress and gives a subtle, beautifully nuanced performance (which I found very moving especially when she nurses her father) and she carries the film well in a lead role, she doesn't make the mistake of going over the top thankfully.
Oscar Isaac and Max Minghella give similar, strong performances.
A moving and thought provoking effort from a marvellous director, which I feel was somewhat underrated and under-exposed. See it for Weisz's performance alone, you won't regret it!

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Absolutely brilliant. Intelligent and thought provoking. A difficult subject, handled sensitively. First class acting. Highly recommend.

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ActorsRachel Weisz, Max Minghella, Oscar Isaac, Ashraf Barhom, Michael Lonsdale, Rupert Evans, Richard Durden, Sami Samir, Manuel Cauchi, Homayoun Ershadi, Oshri Cohen, Harry Borg & Charles Thake
DirectorAlejandro Amenábar
Certificate12 years and over
Year2009
ScreenWidescreen 2.35:1 Anamorphic
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
SubtitlesEnglish ; English for the hearing impaired
Duration2 hours and 2 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.