The churchmen

The churchmen

Season 1 = Ainsi soient-ils

DVD - 2015 | French
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"An intense drama about five young candidates for the priesthood who arrive at Paris' Capuchin Seminary to begin their training. As they prepare to take their vows, each will see their commitment to the cross tested and whether they can withstand temptations from outside the seminary walls and from their own hidden passions."--
Publisher: [Falls Church, VA] : MHZ Choice on DVD, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
Branch Call Number: CHURC
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (382 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
digital, optical, stereo, rda
NTSC, rda
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda

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RainbowRabbit
Feb 12, 2018

French TV series, with English under-titling, of a modern day seminary. Issues are current and include illegal immigrants from Africa, homosexuality, Vatican-China differences over who should appoint local bishops, drug-spiked drinks, etc. It is nice to see daily life in Paris and some French villages. The story is very dramatic. The characters are a stereotypical bunch, chosen to add an interesting variety of people - a homosexual black, a left-wing priest, a right-wing priest, a proud bishop, conniving officials in the Vatican, a seminarian from the country, one from a weathly Parisian family, one who had been imprisoned for murder, a left-wing people's organizer, etc. These characters are all cardboard-thin personalities. Still the plotting is well-done, issues are presented fairly, religion is treated respectfully, although not in any depth, as social issues are the focus. I look forward to Seasons 2 and 3.

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