Agora (12A)

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Hypatia of Alexandria was a historical figure, a neoplatonist philosopher of the fourth century who was torn apart by a Christian mob because of her supposed influence on the local Roman governor at a time of religious conflict.

This drama from Alejandro Amenábar (The Sea Inside) goes easy on the neoplatonist weirdness - so don't start holding your breath for the movie version of the Enneads of Plotinus – turning Hypatia (Rachel Weisz) into a modern rational, secular liberal, and digging into the nitty-gritty imperial political manoeuvring with a thoroughness that might make George Lucas blench.