The Miracle of Marcelino (pan y vino) ~ CFDb Movie Review
Marcelino is a heart-warming tale of an orphan boy caught in the midst Mexico’s revolution. The story begins as the monks of a poor war ravaged monastery find an infant abandoned on their doorstep. Having nowhere to turn in the wake of the war, they decide to raise him in the monastery. The child grows into a rambunctious boy fond of playing jokes on the friars with his best friend Enrique. Marcelino finds himself yearning for a mother as he observes the deep bond Enrique shares with his mother.
An attack by revolutionaries leaves the tiny village in chaos and Enrique dying in the arms of his grieving mother, as Marcelino looks on. Overcome with fear he hides in the one place he was warned to never go – the attic of the monastery. While hiding there he is drawn to a statue with a face so full of love that he is compelled to visit it often. Marcelino is too young to realize that it is a statue of Jesus.
Thinking the statue looks hungry, he sneaks bread and wine into the attic and offers it to the statue. As he gives his offering, the statue miraculously comes to life and accepts the gift. Moved by the boy’s gift of faith, Jesus grants Marcelino’s deepest wish, to be reunited with his mother.
“Basada en el clásico de la literatura infantil, escrito por José María Sánchez-Silva, esta la historia de Marcelino (Mark Hernández), quien es abandonado desde muy pequeño en un monasterio de frailes franciscanos, quienes, al ver la imposibilidad de entregarlo a alguna familia, deciden criarlo en el monasterio durante el México revolucionario.”
This is a Spanish film, based on a novel, with English Subtitles with some great cinematography. There were 2 things I liked about this film. It was enjoyable watching the monks fuss over the abandoned child and very interesting how the one woman gave birth.
The subject matter itself is very disturbing to me because of God’s 2nd commandment found in Exodus 20:4-6 – Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; and shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
Does a graven image include Jesus on the cross? The first disturbance is that Jesus isn’t on the cross, He has been resurrected and is our Intercessor in Heaven. The second thing that comes to me is that when we look at something that is made by man it lessens the power and majesty of Jesus. The image is completely powerless, but shown in this film to have power, to turn to Jesus literally which doesn’t sound like anything God would be a part of according to His Word.
This film led me to the Word to find out truth about these questions. I urge you to do the same.