The Vessel

Theatrical Release: September 16, 2016
The Vessel


Limited Release: Ten years after a tidal wave destroys a small-town elementary school with all of the children inside, a young man builds a mysterious structure out of the school’s remains, setting the town aflame with passion forgotten.

Dove Review

“The Vessel” is a movie about a village’s need for hope. Filmed on location in Puerto Rico, a man named Leo (Lucas Quintana) miraculously survives a drowning accident, and the people of the village see him as God’s “vessel” or messenger. They need hope. A tidal wave recently destroyed their school, and their children and a woman’s husband died. Leo’s brother died, too, and his mother has not been the same since his death. The local priest, Father Douglas (Martin Sheen), is trying to rekindle hope. However, when it looks like Leo loses faith, too, the priest begins to pack up his bag to leave town. Is it too late for a miracle to happen and for hope to be renewed?

The film is slow moving in a few spots but does portray the poverty and hopelessness of the village, along with their need of a renewed hope. The conclusion is quite good. Sadly, the use of strong language, specifically by the priest, prevents us from awarding the film our Dove Seal.

Content Description

Sex: Widow desires man to make love to her, but he covers her shoulders with a blanket and does not; a man jokes that he was looking up the girls' skirts.
Language: For Ch*ist's sake-1; For G's sake-1; H-4; a "pi*sing" comment; Son of a...(Not finished)-1
Violence: A few people are shoved; man shoves plate away from his mother, who has been constantly tapping a fork against it, and he yells at her; men set a small ship on fire.
Drugs: Men gets drunk and drinks from vessels in church.
Nudity: Cleavage in a few scenes; a nude woman is in the shadows, and although nothing graphic is visible, part of her hips are shown on screen; a woman's bare shoulders are visible as she takes a bath; a shirtless man.
Other: A man drowns; children and a few adults have drowned, and people grieve; man vomits; two drunk men fall in water; man visibly urinates from behind and in shadows; tension between characters; a man whose brother died feels guilt that he survived; a man's wife dies, and he is angry and grieves; a man stole a lamp but returns it to the family; a man says that God killed the children, but the people are told to praise Him.


Company: Outsider Pictures/Mucho Mas Media
Director: Julio Quintana
Producer: Marla Quintana
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 86 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Edwin L Carpenter