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The Nativity Story
- Keish Castle-Hughes

Overview - Following her depiction of youthful rebellion in the independent features THIRTEEN and LORDS OF DOGTOWN, Catherine Hardwicke takes an anomalous detour with THE NATIVITY STORY. A simple depiction of the Biblical tale told from Mary's perspective, the film lends realism and humanity to a story that is mythical in its proportions, with 16-year-old Keisha Castle-Hughes (WHALE RIDER) delivering a performance indicative of her star potential.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Following her depiction of youthful rebellion in the independent features THIRTEEN and LORDS OF DOGTOWN, Catherine Hardwicke takes an anomalous detour with THE NATIVITY STORY. A simple depiction of the Biblical tale told from Mary's perspective, the film lends realism and humanity to a story that is mythical in its proportions, with 16-year-old Keisha Castle-Hughes (WHALE RIDER) delivering a performance indicative of her star potential. The scene is set in ancient Nazareth, where the people live in poverty, oppressed by the heavy taxes and iron hand of King Herod. Herod himself lives in fear of a prophecy that foretells the coming of a great king, and is constantly tightening his grip on an already terrorized land. Mary is a young, virtuous, fun-loving girl whose family arranges her marriage to Joseph, a man she hardly knows but who promises to provide for her. Mary is unwilling, but her rebellion is soon eclipsed by a greater fear when the angel Gabriel appears to her and informs her of her destiny as the mother of Jesus. Having taken a vow to remain pure for a year, Mary is afraid of what the townspeople will do to her when they hear of her pregnancy. She goes to visit her cousin Elizabeth, who also carries a child given to her by God, and who offers her support and comfort. When Mary returns to Nazareth heavily pregnant, Joseph is consumed with jealousy and anger, and only when he receives word from God in a dream does he agree to claim the child for his own. Eventually, Herod decides to take a census in order to find the Messiah foretold in the prophecy, and Joseph and Mary set off on the difficult journey to Bethlehem. The way the couple's relationship progresses lends heart to the tale, and comic relief is provided by the three wise men (Nadim Sawalha, Eriq Ebouaney, and Stefan Kalipha), making this an effective, inspiring, and joyful rendition of the well-known tale.

Cast List

Marty Bowen - Producer, THE NATIVITY STORY, (2006)
Alessando Giugglioli - Actor, THE NATIVITY STORY, (2006)
Tim Van Rellim - Executive Producer, HIGHWAYMEN (2003)
Alexander Siddig - Actor, STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE
Siddig El Fadil - Actor, STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE
Shaun Toub
Farida Ouchani - Actor, THE NATIVITY STORY, (2006)
Wyck Godfrey - Producer, DADDY DAY CARE (2003)
Mychael Danna - Score Composer
Michael Danna - Score Composer
Oscar Isaac - Actor, THE NATIVITY STORY, (2006)
Said Amadis - French Actor, KILLER KID
Catherine Hardwicke - Director
Star
Keisha Castle-Hughes - Actor, WHALE RIDER (2003)
Eriq Ebouaney - Actor, LUMUMBA (2000)
Stefan Kalipha
Ciaran Hinds - Actor
Shohreh Aghdashloo - Actress, MARYAM (2002)
Stanley Townsend - ACTOR

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 794043106682
  • Genre: Christmas
  • Rating: PG (MPAA) (for some violent content.)
  • Release Date: March 2016

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Religion
Theatrical Release
Jesus Christ
Christianity
Bible (The)

 
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Theatrical Release: December 1, 2006

Reviews:
"THE NATIVITY STORY sticks to the familiar details of the narrative and dramatizes them with sincerity and good taste." - 12/01/2006 New York Times, p.E1


"[S]tolid, well-crafted....Hardwicke does her best work here...with a handful of tender, low-key scenes..." - 02/01/2007 Sight and Sound, p.67

 
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