The Day the Sun Spun in the sky: A review of The 13th Day

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The 13th Day is the latest and most well done account of the miracle at Fatima and its surrounding story. It was just released this week.  I mentioned this movie and posted its trailer a few weeks ago here.  But since then I was blessed enough to receive a pre-release copy of the DVD for viewing.  And it truly was a blessing.

To say that it was moving is an understatement of miraculous proportions.  For this is no fairy tale – it’s much, much better.  This actually happened.

This isn’t about a crying statue or some cracker in the shape of the Virgin Mary.  The Sun danced in the dang sky in front of 70,000 people.  And the story surrounding the event is equally amazing.  It was both educational and edifying.

The movie is made very well and has memorable, believable characters.  And I especially enjoyed its simple style and the use of black & white film creatively mixed with color. The story also deals well with the human feelings of fear, faith and doubt that so naturally bubble up when faced with the reality of God’s existence.

There is a scene in the movie where a fiery Sun appears to be getting larger and larger as it zig-zags toward the Earth.  It’s pretty scary.  And it seems quite impossible and very hard to believe.  But why?  In reality…this is such a small thing for God.  Our God sends the Earth whirling around the Sun every single day.  He created everything you see from nothing.  He created you.  And yet we find it hard to believe he can make the Sun appear to dance in the sky?  Or turn bread and wine into his Body?

We are like children in disbelief and debate over the plausibility of a paper airplane all while riding along in a 747.  We are half-hearted creatures.  We like to live with one foot in and one foot out.  That’s why God gives us miracles like Fatima.  He doesn’t do it to prove his existence or anything like that, but to wake us up to the more important reality that exists beyond what we take for granted everyday.

Whether you’re a Catholic, non-Catholic, or total disbeliever, this movie is worth a watch.

Here’s the movie synopsis to whet your appetite:

October 13th 1917, Fatima, Portugal.

FACT: Over 70,000 witnesses watched the sun spinning in the sky before plummeting towards the earth, in an extraordinary prophesised event, which became known as ‘The Miracle of the Sun’.

In a world torn apart by persecution, war and oppression, 3 children were chosen to offer a message of hope to the world.

Based on the memoirs of the oldest Seer, Lucia Santos, and many thousands of independent eye-witness accounts, The 13th Day dramatizes the TRUE story of three young shepherds who experienced six interactive apparitions with a “Lady from Heaven” between May and October 1917, which culminated into the final prophesized Miracle.

Abducted from their homes, thrown into prison and interrogated under the threat of death in the government’s attempt to silence them, the children remained true to their story.

The lady, who later revealed herself to be the Blessed Mary, gave a SECRET to the children told in three parts, from a harrowing vision of hell, to prophetic warnings of future events including the advent and timing of the Second World War, the spread of communism, and the assassination of the Pope.

All three Seers have since died. Two of them have been beatified.

Stylistically beautiful and technically innovative, writer-directors Ian & Dominic Higgins use state-of-the-art digital effects to create stunning images of the visions and the final miracle that have never before been fully realized on screen.

Shot on location in Portugal and in the UK, 13th Day Films worked with a cast of over 250 to re-create the scenes of the 70,000 strong crowds, and 3 Portuguese children play the iconic roles of the Seers.

Witness the greatest miracle of the 20th Century, and experience the incredible, emotionally-charged and often harrowing world of three young children whose choice to remain loyal to their beliefs, even in the face of death, would inspire thousands.

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Glenn Dallaire December 3, 2009 at 11:53 am

I remember reading a detailed desciption from some of the eye-witnesses of the miracle of the sun at Fatima on October 13.

One of the most interesting parts is how muddy and dirty everyone was since it had been raining so hard that morning, and with the many thousands of people present the whole area was turned into a field of mud. Most remarkable however, was that right after the Miracle of the Sun, everyone was completely clean…the mud seemed to have disappered from their shoes and clothes.

This “cleansing” of all the people was obviously not only a physical-material miracle, but also was a symbolic grace showing the power, purity and intercession of our Blessed Mother on behalf of all peoples.

And, speaking of devotion to our Blessed Mother, here is an excellent article about the 20th century mystic St Gemma and her devotion to the Blessed Virgin:
St Gemma and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary

God bless,
Glenn Dallaire
Connecticut, USA

Catholic debating pro-life April 29, 2010 at 4:38 pm

I love the story surrounding Our Lady of Fatima. Just extraordinary.

Debbie Thompsn May 14, 2010 at 7:42 am

Just saw this last night at our church. Truly beautiful!

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