Richard Gere Gets A Juicy Role To Dive Into With “Three Christs”
Whenever you find out that a movie hitting theaters is one that played film festivals almost three years ago, it’s hard not to go in expecting a bust. After all, if the flick was so good, why didn’t it come out in 2017, or even 2018? Why the delay? Well, for whatever reason, Three Christs is only getting released this week, after a 2017 debut at the Toronto International Film Festival. In an interesting twist, however, this is a well acted and compelling drama. Sure, it’s a modest independent work, but with a top tier cast and an intriguing experiment at its core, it makes very little sense that the delay has been so long.
The film is a drama, centered on a very unique medical experiment in the late 1950s. Specifically, things begin in 1959 at the Ypsilanti State Hospital in Michigan. There, Dr. Alan Stone (Gere) arrives, soon to experience that one of the patients, Joseph (Peter Dinklage), believes that he’s Jesus Christ. Soon, he finds two other paranoid schizophrenics in the state who also believe that they’re Jesus, in Leon (Walton Goggins) and Clyde (Bradley Whitford). Dr. Stone is struck by this and brings the other two men to the Ypsilanti State Hospital in order to start up a revolutionary treatment that substitutes electroshock, restraints, and tranquilizers, for therapy. Essentially, he just puts them in a room together in order to confront their shared delusions. Of course, things don’t go quite as planned, and the experiment is quickly threatened to be shut down by hospital administrators, but all four men in that room are forever changed by the experience. Jon Avnet directs and co-writes with Eric Nazarian, while Denis Lenoir handles the cinematography. Jeff Russo composes the score. Supporting players include Jane Alexander, Charlotte Hope, Julianna Margulies, Kevin Pollak, Stephen Root, and more.