Ireland / U.K., 2023, 90 min, 4K DCP, Dir. Thaddeus O'Sullivan, Rated PG-13, Sony Pictures Classics
"The Miracle Club is a sincere and meritorious effort, enhanced by John Conroy’s beatific cinematography that vividly captures the quiet stoicism of rural Ireland." —Rex Reed, Observer
"The film succeeds mainly because of a flawless ensemble, among whom viewers can put their faith in the eternally dependable Smith stealing the movie." —David Stratton, The Australian
Set in 1967, The Miracle Club follows the story of three generations of close friends, Lily (Maggie Smith), Eileen (Kathy Bates), and Dolly (Agnes O'Casey) of Ballygar, outside Dublin, who win a pilgrimage to the sacred French town of Lourdes, that place of miracles that draws millions of visitors each year. Just before their trip, their old friend Chrissie (Laura Linney) arrives in Ballygar for her mother's funeral. The women set out on the journey that they hope will change their lives, with Chrissie, a skeptical traveler, joining in place of her mother. Along the way, old wounds are reopened, forcing the women to confront their pasts even as they travel in search of a miracle.
EXPLORING MIRACLES PANEL DISCUSSION - September 3
Join us on Sunday, 9/3 at 6:30 pm for a panel discussion centered on exploring miracles through the lens of different faiths following the 5:00 pm screening of The Miracle Club. Panel participants include Rabbi Judith Siegal, senior rabbi of Temple Judea, Reverend Tom Capo, minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Miami, and Iqbal Akhtar, Associate Professor of Religious Studies & Politics and International Relations at FIU. The moderator is Lauren Costantino, a religion reporter for the Miami Herald. Purchase your ticket here.
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A note from executive director Brenda Moe:
This event is a preview of a new series starting in 2024: Faith and Film. I've been thinking about this series for some time and now have the opportunity to create it with excellent collaborators Matt Anderson, executive director of Mosaic Miami, and Reverend Tom Capo, minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Miami. In conceiving this series, we've discussed how we lean into art to help us discover our common humanity, find paths that connect us, and reveal that our experiences are not as unique as they might appear. Our goal is to create an interfaith safe space in a welcoming environment to discuss ways that we can heal or celebrate each other through the lens of faith.
Seating is general admission.
Tickets to these screenings are $12.75 and under. Cinema members pay only $8.