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Joseph of Cupertino, a simple young man thought by many in his village to be an idiot, is pressured to enter a monastery. He does so, and surprises everyone by passing the entrance exam to ... See full summary »

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Joseph of Cupertino, a simple young man thought by many in his village to be an idiot, is pressured to enter a monastery. He does so, and surprises everyone by passing the entrance exam to study for the priesthood. But this is only the first of many surprises from the man who would become Saint Joseph Cupertino. Written by Dan Navarro <daneldorado@yahoo.com>

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2 November 1962 (West Germany)  »

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Ein sonderbarer Heiliger  »

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Father Giovanni: You have a whole year to prepare yourself, with the best instructors of the order.
Giuseppe: I'll miss the stables.
Father Giovanni: Gobbo will look after the animals.
Giuseppe: Father Giovanni, couldn't I stay...
Father Giovanni: No.
Giuseppe:
  • in the stables?



Father Giovanni: No.
Giuseppe: I will work harder than...
Father Giovanni: No, Giuseppe.
Giuseppe: Just to stay...
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The Blessing of Sacred Simplicity
15 April 2008 | by (Findhorn, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I regard this as one of the most significant movies I have ever seen. Perhaps even more meaningful because I had never heard of it and did not expect it to be so beautiful at so many levels. The story of Saint Joseph of Cupertino, as it is described here, is a triumph of blessed simplicity, innocence and childlike sainthood. The emphasis, far from being on the saint's miraculous and spectacular levitations, is rather, as I see it, on the contrast between the way of spontaneous spirituality and the path of spiritual discipline, with the two being luminously reconciled throughout the movie. I believe this film can reach the hearts of many, believers and non-believers, providing space both for tears and laughter. In some way it looks as a Christian version of "Being There" and "Forrest Gump". I hope and trust it will also be available as DVD.


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