"The world just as it is" | Agora (2009)
A woman looks to the skies in search of order. A student is torn between an infatuation with his teacher and his political ambitions. A slave struggles to admit his religious faith. These three interrelated lives form the core of Agora, a 2009 historical drama by Chilean writer/director Alejandro Amenábar.
June's full-length essay is on a film that I have loved ever since the first time I watched it about six years ago. Alejandro Amenabar's Agora is many things - a historical epic, a character drama, and a cry against religious extremism - but most of all for me it is a love letter to science, based around the 4th century philosopher Hypatia of Alexandria.