Maria Full of Grace and The Forgiveness of Blood director Joshua Marston returned to Sundance this year with his new drama Come Sunday. Led by Chiwetel Ejiofor as Bishop Carlton Pearson, it tells the true story of how most of his congregation turned their backs on him after he shied away from biblical rhetoric and got to the heart of Jesus’ message. Produced by Ira Glass, ahead of a Netflix release, the first trailer has now arrived.
Dan Schindel said in his Sundance review. “It’s rare that mainstream filmmakers attempt to take seriously matters of faith – a subject personal to a majority of people but which movies have historically handled clumsily. This perhaps exposes the gap in the competencies between the greats and the merely good, OK, or less. It takes a true understanding of an art form to use it to express the ineffable, spiritual aspects of human experience. The ways of doing so do not exist in the conventional toolkit. Come Sunday makes an admirable effort to delve into religious conviction and changes in faith, but comes up feeling too normal and disconnected from those matters.”
Also starring Martin Sheen, Jason Segel, Condola Rashad, Lakeith Stanfield, and Danny Glover, see the trailer and poster below.
Come Sunday hits Netflix on April 13.