A dive into the enigmatic world of the religious art trade! A flourishing market that attracts thieves, stimulates international traffic and raises thorny questions about the spiritual, artistic and monetary value of objects.
Do inanimate objects have a soul? Today, many sacred art objects, such as paintings and sculptures, as well as Christ on the cross, chalices and silks, can be found on the art market. Specialised auctions are growing in popularity: at the Drouot auction house in Paris, crucifixes and carved holy water fonts are being snapped up for exorbitant prices. A flourishing business that attracts traffickers: as a result, church treasures are sometimes stolen and resold on the international black market. Beyond a dive into this fascinating world, the film questions the status of religious objects, whose market, spiritual and cultural value is difficult to assess, but which many enthusiasts are working to preserve.