When Mary steps out of the blinding light of the sun and into view for three children who have broken away from watching over a few sheep to pray the rosary, she isn’t surrounded by angels. No trumpets blare. Before the musical score rises to support this moment in the new film Fatima, there are crickets and birdsong and distant bleats of sheep. Mary is surrounded by hills, trees, fields and blue sky.

The rural landscape isn’t spectacular, but it is beautiful.

The movie had to be beautiful to be true to the story of the Blessed Virgin’s appearance in rural Portugal over 100 years ago, producer Natasha Howes told The Catholic Register.

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