The story of relationships between Jesus Christ and his followers.
Judas, a seasoned thief, finds himself in the market square where Christ is giving a sermon and his apostles are collecting alms. He follows them and steals their money, only to be caught red-handed. Nevertheless, the Teacher forgives him. What is more, He invites the thief to become one of His followers and offers him a position as the group’s treasurer. Shocked by Christ’s unexpected offer, Judas decides to join the apostles, if only to figure out what is going on. He gradually starts to comprehend Christ’s message, but feels that the apostles are blindly following their teacher. Judas argues with them, and tries to defend his right to divine the truth of God. But when he fails to make them understand, he realizes that Christ’s teachings may sink into oblivion without benefiting humanity. His solution is to betray Christ. “By killing a man, have I not saved a God?”
Would Jesus become a symbol of faith, if it were not for the betrayal of Judas? Why, knowing everything in advance, Jesus did not chase Judas away, did not prevent his crime? If everything was predestined, then is Judas Iscariot a traitor, cursed through the ages, or a victim? To answer these questions means to try to unravel the mystery of a strange, inexplicable connection between Jesus and Judas.
Director: Andrey Bogatyrev
Script: Vsevolod Benigsen
Based on Leonid Andreyev novel
Stars: Andrey Barilo, Aleksey Shevchenkov, Andrey Bogatyrev, Ivan Dobronravov
An excellent adaptation of the story of Leonid Andreyev. Very relevant to the subject of the chaste, no nonsense, no false pathos, neither sentiments nor taste TV serial , nothing, than it's nice the new Russian cinema. Work of Alexis Shevchenkov just genius. This is a great actor. Nothing in any of the productions of the Evangelical history. While watching at some point is something extremely unpleasant for a Christian, you start to sympathize with Judas, be the same as he. Judas, actually, that's all, it's miserable, not able to cope with the tyranny of their own reasoning a humanity that came to rescue Christ.This movie, in my opinion, much closer to the authenticity of the events which, in fact, there is something unthinkable, impossible, remains a mystery. (review by pokrovsky-1)