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Movie Review: Saint of 9/11

Alternate Title: Touched by an Angel

Story: How does one commemorate next week's fifth anniversary of the attacks at the World Trade Center? I usually walk downtown and listen to the names being read and weep. This year I chose instead, to go see a new documentary about Father Mychal Judge. The iconic image of his lifeless body is seared into your memory from the photograph taken by Reuters photographer Shannon Stapleton as he was being carried from the rubble by rescue workers.

Father Judge was a Franciscan Priest. He served in the ministry for 45 years. He was a complicated man who simply wanted to serve humanity and do God's good works. He was a 23 year recovering alcoholic and he was gay. His church was on West 31st Street not far from Penn Station. He worked with AIDS patients when it was not in fashion. He worked with the homeless. He was also the Chaplain of the NYFD. He worked for peace. He was a pure and charitable soul. He was joyful, loved life and everyone in it.

Director Glenn Holsten remembers Father Judge via talking heads. His friends included people from all walks of life. The director selected a sampling of those many friends to give us a picture of just what kind of man he was.

It is not a great film. But he was a great man and I am glad that I saw this tribute to a beautiful soul.

Predilection: I like documentaries.

Soundtrack: Appropriate

Opening Titles: A beautiful sunrise over the Statue of Liberty and Lower Manhattan.

Theater Audience: I was all alone in my favorite new theater (the IFC Center).

Squirm Scale: Memories of that black day make me squirm.

Drift Factor: I did not drift at all.

Tissue Usage: I wept from beginning to end.

Oscar Worthy: No

Soap Box: I am too sad to prattle on about how I feel about everything since that awful day.

Big Screen or Rental: Not sure you will be able to find this film anywhere. You can probably rent it soon.

Length: 90 minutes