Wow. A movie that treats Southern people with a degree of respect! What a concept!I like movies that show me an aspect of life that I've never been exposed to before. Show me a 4-hour documentary about African women who break rocks to make gravel, I might fall asleep at some point, but I'll be interested. That's why I liked this movie. Robert Duvall gives us a preacher who isn't a crook or a joke, and allows us to see him as a human being. It seems like every movie that features some aspect of organized religion treats it like a punchline. You get the ignorant church-goers following the ignorant and possibly evil preacher as they set out to destroy all that's good in the world. I'm not religious in any way, shape, or form, but I figured that there had to be SOME degree of intelligence somewhere in religion. This movie shows us nice, simple people, of varying degrees of intelligence, who believe in God and go to church on Sunday. Is that such a scary concept? It must be, since Duvall had to fund this thing himself. I can see the studio pitch-meetings: "Well, can you add a comical alter-boy? Let's get that Jerry Maguire kid!" "The Apostle" is about a preacher, who calls himself the Apostle E.F., who goes to a small southern town, starts up a church, and tries to escape his past. It's a simple story, and it moves slow at some points, but I was completely won over throughout the movie. The preaching scenes in the film are AMAZING, and Duvall is completely convincing in the role. This is a great film, and I strongly advise that you go out and rent it.You don't have to be religious, you don't have to even LIKE organized religion, you just have to love good movies.