brian-mcgee - November 27, 2019
Typically when a film is shown at the Toronto International Film Festival, it's a sign that the film is a possible awards contender in the making that will be theatrically released and snapping up awards within weeks of its festival premiere. At the 2017 TIFF, a film titled The Three Christs of Ypsilanti made its debut, but failed to get a distribution deal out of the festival. After sitting on a shelf for over two years, the film now has a cleaner title—potentially pitched by Sean Parker—Three Christs, and a release date scheduled for early next year.
Your mom's favorite actor Dick Gere stars as real life social psychologist Milton Rokeach, who went to the Ypsilanti Medical Hospital in Michigan in the 1960s to study the cases of three men institutionalized there, all of whom believed that they were Jesus Christ. Played in the film by Peter Dinklage, Bradley Whitford, and Walton Goggins, Rokeach decides to bring the men together in hopes their delusions might be cured by coming face to face with someone similarly deluded.
While many of his colleagues questioned his methods and Rokeach later determined that his experiment was not successful, the meat of the story still makes for something fairly compelling. It is more than a little worrisome, however, that the film isn't getting released before the end of the year to qualify for any sort of awards buzz, but rather Three Christs will open on January 3, 2010.
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