Movies with a strong Christian component

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Chicken
The Spitfire Grill is a sweet little intimate movie whose inception is a bit of a miracle itself. Head of a Catholic nonprofit decides he wants to make a movie and ends up with high tier Hollywood director, actors, and an excellent script.

How did this happen?

A moving and personal little film.

Have always wanted to see this movie. Thanks for reminding me to check it out.
 

Godward

Pigeon
Next to Ostrov and Des hommes et des dieux, I would highly recommend Fuori dal mondo ("Not of This World", 1999).

The film basically start with this scene (the conversation is in Italian, but evidently no language skills are needed to understand what is happening):


There is so much that can be said about this film, but James Bowman's film review got at the heart of the matter:

It tells the story of a nun, Sister Caterina (Margherita Buy), on the point of taking her final vows, who is presented with a foundling child by a jogger. Sister Caterina makes some effort to identify the mother by the sweater the baby is wrapped in, and this clue leads her to Ernesto Nitti (Silvio Orlando), the lonely and emotionally bottled-up proprietor of a dry-cleaning establishment in Milan. Both the nun and the dry-cleaner are drawn into a complex emotional attachment to the child—and to each other—which threatens to explode the carefully-constructed lives they have built for themselves.

In a Hollywood movie, they would naturally set up housekeeping together and adopt the child, but Hollywood would consider the sister's religious vocation no obstacle at all. Here it is central to the film's meaning, not only because Sister Caterina is wavering between the cloister and the world, and the baby comes to represent for her all that she is giving up, but also because Ernesto, an atheist, is fascinated by it. “Is it true you get a call?” he asks her shyly. Hard as her choice seems to her, he envies her having it at all. “Sometimes you can't choose,” he says. More generally, he wonders what it means to believe. “Say God exists,” he says. “Why all this bowing and praying? Why all this exaggerated love?”

“Because love is exaggerated,” answers Sister Caterina. “Have you ever loved someone without exaggeration?” Ernesto has nothing to say to this. We can actually see him wondering if he has ever loved anyone at all.

If you have a chance of finding a (rare) copy of this film: get it. This is a gem to watch.
 
Whats your guys tought on the Conjuring movies? They are very focused in catholism excorism of demons. Would this be considered a Christian movie?
I would argue against that. Movies like this exploit Christian imagery and themes in order to thrill and excite rather than spark reflection. On top of this, the base material for the films, the exploits of the Warrens, are extremely dubious. They did get the backing of one priest, who wrote a book titled The Demonologist about them. But generally the story of the Warrens is littered with hoaxes, New Age-tinged clairvoyancy, and all manner of "charistmatic" themes that should raise eyebrows if not suspicions. When I think of what makes a Christian movie, or even a movie that engages seriously and sincerely with Christian themes, I don't think of Demon-Horror designed to make me jump rather than reflect on who I am and my salvation.
 
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