The Bridge of San Luis Rey

The film centers on a basic premise: near Lima, Peru, at noon on Friday, 20 July 1714, a bridge woven by the Incas a century earlier collapsed at that particular moment while five people were crossing it: Doña María, the Marquess of Montemayor; Pepita, her lady in attendance; Esteban, a scribe; Uncle Pío; and a young child. Brother Juniper, a Franciscan friar on his way to cross it, witnessed the collapse.

Curious about why God would allow such a tragedy, he takes a scientific approach. He set out to interview everyone who knew the five victims. Over six years, he has compiled a vast book, questioning whether we live our lives according to a plan or if there is no such thing as a bigger scheme.

The Bridge of San Luis Rey is a 2004 French-Spanish-British drama film directed by Mary McGuckian. It features an ensemble cast that includes Robert De Niro, Pilar López de Ayala, F. Murray Abraham, Kathy Bates, Gabriel Byrne, Émilie Dequenne, and Harvey Keitel. The film is based on Thornton Wilder’s 1927 novel of the same name. It was released in 2004 in Spain and 2005 in the U.S. and abroad.

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