The film emphasizes Mary's importance in Jesus's life, suggesting that his parables were inspired by stories she told him in his childhood. This, and similar details about Jesus's upbringing, cannot be confirmed, but are certainly not impossible. The resurrected Jesus also appears to his mother privately. This event is not found in the Gospels, but is probably based on an ancient Catholic tradition (not official teaching) that he appeared to her first of all people. The tradition influenced Ignatius of Loyola's Spiritual Exercises among others. The film closes with Mary suggesting the disciples should start preaching about her son.
It stars Swedish actresses Pernilla August and Melinda Kinnaman as Mary, English actor David Threlfall as Joseph and British actor Christian Bale as Jesus. The film was produced by American Eunice Kennedy Shriver and aired on NBC.
Christian Bale as Jesus of Nazareth
Pernilla August as Mary of Nazareth
Melinda Kinnaman as Young Mary
David Threlfall as Joseph of Nazareth
Simone Bendix as Mary Magdalene
Robert Addie as Pontius Pilate
The film currently holds a 48% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.