It seems that movie reviews always call for an attitude of ironic detachment, or at least a tone of scientific indifference, toward their subjects. Allow me, however, to be frankly enthusiastic about The Last Summit (La Última Cima—2010). This low-budget documentary tribute to a late Spanish priest, Pablo Dominguez, might be the most powerful movie about the priesthood that I’ve seen to date. It invites, moreover, searching questions about our contemporary images of priesthood.
The tragic event that forms the constant background to The Last Summit turns out to be a hiking accident, an accident that cost Pablo Dominguez his life in 2009–at only 42 years of age. Read the rest of this entry »