Angelo Roncalli, born in Sotto Il Monte in 1881, is known for his profound spirituality as well as his extraordinary goodness from the young years of his life. When he feels a need to serve... See full summary »
Following the premature death of his mother, Karol Wojtyla is brought up by his father in the Polish city of Krakow during the first half of the 20th century. An outstanding student with a ... See full summary »
One never quite knows what to expect with a religious based drama, especially on such a current topic. This turned out to be surprisingly good. The photography and acting was very well done and despite the long timing (210 minutes rather than the 180 minutes on the box), there was little or no drag except perhaps just at the very end. I had just seen the Bob Hoskins film with a similar title and although they are rather different I would not say I preferred one over the other. This is a good story in itself and the religious aspect is almost a sideline. The general production is very good, in wide screen and the DVD I watched had subtitles. There is a large cast, mostly Italians and they do a very good job. Scenes are shot in various European locations and it all seems very authentic. Recommended.
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