HomeQuestionsI went to see There Be Dragons with some friends the other day. We couldn’t work out who Aline (the red-haired girl) was meant to be– an angel? The Virgin Mary? Or who?
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I went to see There Be Dragons with some friends the other day. We couldn’t work out who Aline (the red-haired girl) was meant to be– an angel? The Virgin Mary? Or who?

Alvaro - Spain

Tags: There be Dragons, Film
In an interview Roland Joffe, the film’s director, he said that in the film there’s a moment when Josemaria seems to lose faith, when God seems silent amidst all the hatred. At that point he meets a girl in Dr Suils’ asylum who says to him, ‘He doesn’t speak to you, does he?’
There is no historical evidence that St Josemaria met a young girl like “Aline” during his refuge in the asylum. A. Vazquez de Prada says in his biography that as well as the sick people, there was a group of other refugees, and St Josemaria tried to help them with his pastoral ministry. See “1936-1937: First stages of the civil war. Situation of Opus Dei”, under the heading “In Dr. Suils’s Asylum for the Mentally Ill”.
This scene in the film may show an aspect of St Josemaria’s faith amidst the great interior trials he experienced at that stage in his life. He discovered God’s providence speaking to him through events.
In the same interview Joffé said that in a way, St Josemaria, who used metaphors a lot, sees that woman (Aline) as a representation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Because if we stand at the foot of the Cross, what is interesting is that we focus not only, obviously, on the Crucified Christ, but on the Mother, and wonder what she feels, try to empathize with her feelings, when her Son, whom she brought up, whom she loves, is nailed to a cross in front of her.


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