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The poor Italian peasant boy Francesco already has visions of Jesus and Mary as a child, but the Devil visits him too. He, Francesco, is quite certain that he will become a priest. After entering the Capuchin Order it becomes clear that Padre Pio (his new name) has powers which can not be explained rationally: he heals the sick, knows the names, problems and future of complete strangers. His prophesies the then unknown young Karol Wojtyla that he will become Pope one day. Padre Pio's charity and extatic prayers make an great impression on the people. In 1918 the Wounds of Christ appear on his hands and feet- Padre Pio carries the stigmata. His followers multiply, and the cult that grows up arround him makes his holy order and the Vatican uneasy. Many within the church consider him to be an hysteric or a trickster, since he only shows his wounds the one time when they first appeared. Padre Pio suffers reprisals, he is no longer allowed to carry out his role as a priest. The ordinary ... Written by
This is an honest movie about a Catholic saint who had more than his share of run-ins with the hierarchy of the Catholic Church. Some of those run-ins were justified, in that the Church always treats supernatural experiences with great suspicion because of the possibility of fraud or even demonic influence. Some of them were the result of basic human pride and jealously.
But the movie is realistic and even-handed in its depictions of the members of the Church, and Padre Pio would have been the last to suggest that the Church was evil because people in it are evil.
Padre Pio was a remarkable person who was given remarkable gifts by God. This movie does him proud. The acting is phenomenal, the scenery exquisite, and the soundtrack is very moving. I wish they did more movies like this in Hollywood, but maybe they can't, their budgets are too big and they are fixated on profits instead of telling a stories.
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