That would be “All Saints,” starring John Corbett. (See an interview with him about his Catholic faith here.)
The Deacon’s Wife and I went to check out the movie on Labor Day at the only theater in Manhattan where it’s playing. There were, at most, a dozen people in the auditorium. What we saw deserved a much bigger audience.
I could not agree more with Deacon Steven Greydanus, who reviewed the film and noted approvingly:
Most faith-based films aim at being edifying to the faithful, or possibly at persuading the open-minded. All Saints is a vanishing rarity: a film that explores the Christian ideal in a way that is attractive, regardless of viewers’ faith or lack thereof, while offering a challenge to Christian viewers to live up to that ideal. We need more films like this — and more lived examples like this to make films about.
Most movies about religion are, let’s face it, pretty schlocky—the cinematic equivalent of pious kitsch, dripping with platitudes and obvious Moral Lessons. Not “All Saints.” The film—telling the real life story of efforts to save a struggling Episcopal church in Tennessee, and filmed on location in the real church—takes a few surprising detours before arriving at its credible and immensely gratifying conclusion. The characters are not “all saints”—certainly, the inexperienced pastor isn’t, even if he looks like someone Carrie Bradshaw would fall in love with. But that’s part of the movie’s appeal. Life never turns out quite the way we (or Hollywood) plan.
Check out the video about the movie above. The trailer is below. But more importantly: check out the movie itself, while it’s still in the theaters. This is one faith-centered film that deserves your attention and support.