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Roland Joffé’s film stars Jeremy Irons and Robert De Niro as priests with conflicting solutions to the oppression of native South Americans.
City Screen is showing THE MISSION as part of the York Early Music Festival, reflecting this year's focus on the influence of the missionaries and adventurers who made the journey from Spain to South America.
The film asks challenging questions about responses to the self-interest of 18th-century colonial government, which are every bit as relevant to the world we live in now.
Contrasting nature and self-sacrifice with the brutality of ‘civilisation’, the movie reaches a climax that is moving and devastating; combined with Oscar-winning cinematography and a beautiful score by Ennio Morricone, this is arguably Joffé’s finest hour.