Seven inspiring movies for Lent

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  • The Way (2010): Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez--A father heads overseas to recover the body of his estranged son who died while traveling "El camino de Santiago," and decides to take the pilgrimage himself.
  • The Apostle (1997): Robert Duval. "The story is inspiring, one of discovery, repentance, and forgiveness. You’ll love it."
Robert Duvall wrote the script in the 1980s and was turned down by many studios before he financed the film himself.
A-; for adults.
Directed by Robert Duvall. Duvall, Farrah Fawcett, Billy Bob Thornton. October Films.
Aided by non-professional supporting actors cast from the culture depicted onscreen, Duvall leavens documentary-like detachment with empathy, neither turning a blind eye to human foibles nor holding them up to ridicule. As the end credits roll and the drumbeat of Sonny’s zeal goes on, we may or may not like the film’s hero, but we understand him better, and perhaps ourselves as well.
End of the Spear is the story of Mincayani, a Waodani tribesman from the jungles of Ecuador. When five young missionaries, among them Jim Elliot and Nate Saint, are speared to death by the Waodani in 1956, a series of events unfold to change the lives of not only the slain missionaries' families, but also Mincayani and his people.
A chronicle of the Cristeros War (1926-1929); a war by the people of Mexico against the atheistic Mexican government.
In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker's daughter. The decision changes their lives for ever.
Based on the novel by Victor Hugo, 'Les Miserables' travels with prisoner-on-parole, 24601, Jean Valjean, as he runs from the ruthless Inspector Javert on a journey beyond the barricades, at the center of the June Rebellion. Meanwhile, the life of a working class girl with a child is at turning point as she turns to prostitution to pay money to the evil innkeeper and his wife who look after her child, Cosette. Valjean promises to take care of the child, eventually leads to a love triangle between Cosette, Marius who is a student of the rebellion, and Eponine, a girl of the streets. The people sing of their anger and Enjolras leads the students to fight upon the barricades.