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Magdala Rose

Magdala Rose is a gripping Medieval adventure based on the true story of a crusade against a pacifist Christian group, the Cathars, in Southern France. To this day, many believe that these people were the guardians of a treasure of great significance, possibly even the Holy Grail. In 1244, the last of the Cathar heretics found protection at the Castle of Montségur where a sympathetic force of about 100 defending knights held off a crusading army of over 10,000 mercenaries. It is rumored that in the last days of the siege a small group managed to slip away in the dead of night to retrieve this hidden treasure and get it safely away from the clutches of the Catholic Church. Finally, the remaining Cathars were forced to choose between their faith and their lives. 

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Dove Review

True to history, the 12th- and 13th-century Roman Catholic church burned all who denounced allegiance to the pope. As a result, the cathar religion was formed—a heretical religion that denied Christ and the Trinity out of hate for the Catholic church. The templar movement was also developed, a small, but mighty group of devout Christian men who protected others from the Catholic church’s brutal inquisitions.

Magdala Rose tells of honorable templars who refused to take part in the inquisition crusades and secretly housed cathars. Though Christianity and the cathar religions did not agree, templars felt called by the true God to protect the innocent from evil. On the fiction side of this tale, one young woman from a Jewish family is Mary Magdelene’s last descendant, so she carries a special amulet with drops of Christ’s blood. This gift contains Christ’s power to heal, and thus, the templars are also charged to protect her while unlocking the amulet’s secret.

This medieval tale blends fact and fiction with a King Arthur setting, which includes shy romance, bow-and-arrow battles, and all love-and-war feels. However, several references of rape, multiple scenes where characters are burned alive, and a confusing mixture of three religions overshadow the one truth of Christ.

Unfortunately, due to these elements, this film is Not Dove-approved.

The Dove Take

Though themes of nobility hold true, Magdala Rose’s medieval tale weaves a factual
history of violence and heretical religions, overshadowing the Christian faith.

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The power of Christ’s blood redeems life for key characters. Templar knights hold fast to protecting Christ’s teachings.


Themes of chivalry and selflessness.


Two characters develop a subtle romance. The female character hints that the male character should bathe with her in the river. Multiple references of rape. One scene includes a church friar appearing to attempt to rape a young girl, though not confirmed.




Medieval fighting—swords and arrows. Several characters killed on-screen, and two scenes include severely wounded soldiers. Evil Catholic hierarchy has several characters burned alive. Though not violent, these scenes are disturbing.


One character drinks wine.


Two templar soldiers seen shirtless. One female character bathes in the river, though nothing explicit is shown.


Though Templar soldiers were devout Christians, other religious sects include their heretical views, such as the Roman Catholics who abused and murdered people, cathars (who developed their heretical religion, denying Christ and the Trinity, out of hate for the Catholic church), as well as Jews.

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