This is a routine film, as much a religious treatise as a biographical drama, about Father Damian (Javier Escriva) a priest who devotes himself to the lepers on Molokai, the "island of the damned." An excruciatingly realistic portrayal of the physical depredations of leprosy and the plight of the lepers on the island stands in stark contrast to the divine aura that surrounds the saintly Father Damian (up for canonization when this film was released). As he and his followers work with the afflicted, they continue on their mission of mercy, and of conversion.
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