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Review: 'Mary Magdalene' is a graceful portrait of a foundational figure in Christianity

The most emotionally violent scene in "Mary Magdalene," an imperfect but affecting vision of New Testament times, depicts not a crucifixion but an exorcism - or rather, a failed attempt at one. Mary (Rooney Mara), a young woman from the Galilean fishing village of Magdala, is awakened in the middle of the night and brought down to the shore, where her father and brothers plunge her repeatedly into the sea, crying out for the demon that has possessed her to release her from its grip.

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