The Nativity Story
La NativitéDVD - 2007
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"God has a will for this child that is greater then my fear of what they will do to me." ~Mary
"Let it be done to me according to your word." -- Mary, upon meeting the angel
"And you shall call His name Jesus. For it is He who will save His people from their sins." What the angel told Joseph in the film
"I wonder if I will even be able to teach Him anything." --Joseph's character in the film
Joseph to his betrothed--and pregnant--Mary: "The angel came to me and he told me the Child within you had been conceived by the Holy Spirit. And that I should not be afraid." Mary: "Are you afraid?" Joseph: "Yes. Are you?" Mary: "Yes."
"The Almighty has done great things. And Holy is His Name. He has shown strength with His arm. He has scattered the proud. He has filled the hungry with good things. And the rich, He has sent away empty. He has brought down rulers from their thrones ... and has exalted the who were humble ... Hallelujah ... " --Mary
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From the announcement by an angel that the Messiah was about to be born, til the time of His birth, young lives were thrown into turmoil. Mary, a virgin, in a culture where not being a virgin was a disgrace punishable by death, a Joseph, a man betrothed to Mary, likely expecting a normal life, would soon be the protector of a Child prophesied to Rule--and another, earthly king (Herod) would be trying to kill Him. Dreams, visions, leading by God--this movie takes it to another level of peering--as well as we can--into what kind of world the Messiah entered, and who His parents were. PG. Accurate more in some details than others (correctly shows Joseph proposing by offering a cup of wine--the roots of our communion--probably not correctly showing a wood, rather than a rock-hewn manger). Valuable for the way it brings the nativity--home. See Ray Vander Laan's DVD "Herod the Great, Jesus the King: The True Christmas Story" for accuracy. But "The Nativity Story" is a valuable movie to watch.
Frightening or Intense Scenes: The simple scene of Mary off to visit Elizabeth cuts to people along the roadside crucified by the Roman government. Zero gratuitous violence--that's how it was under the Romans, and why the Jewish people longed for their Messiah to come. A film parents might want to preview before watching with children. Rated PG for violence. Even so, a brilliantly worthwhile film.