Aroview: An earnest account of a Belgian priest’s heroic efforts in the Hawaiian leper colony of Molokai in the 1870s, distinguished by its intriguing tale and a ‘name’ cast.
Depicting the ravaging effects of leprosy and other ‘western’ diseases on the native population, this is powerful in conveying the harshness of prevailing attitudes despite a languorous tempo. As the priest’s (David Wenham) endeavours, which include breaking the taboos about touching lepers, arouse the displeasure of the wider Catholic church, the story encompasses the wider political context. Interesting note: the real life Father Damien was recently canonised.
3 stars (Good Enough) A story of impressive personal courage that is well worth telling. The casting is impressive, there are some beautiful shooting locations, and the makeup department does a great job.~tubbs