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Vito Bonafacci (2011)

| Drama | 6 May 2011 (USA)
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Vito has a fatal heart attack as he is exiting the front gate of his stately home. Upon death his mom confronts him, making it clear, via a lengthy diatribe, that his existence was one of ... See full summary »

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Vito Bonafacci
Tisha Tinsman ...
Laura Bonafacci
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Emelise Aleandri ...
Vito's Mother
Maria Cofano ...
Sister Grace Vincent
Richard Dellos ...
Fr. Dellos
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Father LaGolbo
Carin Mei ...
Marie
Marcantonio Mei ...
Young Vito
Mike Rizzo ...
The Car Washer
Ralph Squillace ...
The Barber
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The Gardener
Ercole Ventura ...
Vito's Grandfather
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Vito has a fatal heart attack as he is exiting the front gate of his stately home. Upon death his mom confronts him, making it clear, via a lengthy diatribe, that his existence was one of the material realm of sensual gratification - money, power, status and pleasure seeking- rather than that which is transcendent, thus he has been condemned to eternal death. Eventually we discover that this death experience was a dream, which greatly unsettled Vito, precipitating him to seek the truth relative to life's purpose, and the afterlife. Vto has periods of contemplation and dialogue with the housekeeper, barber, gardener, and his wife in search of answers - Is there such a place as heaven? Does Hell exist? Am I a good person? etc. Vito's soul searching includes a flashback to his youth listening to his grandfather speaking to him about eternity. In the midst of this quest for truth, as Vito is driving down the driveway about to exit the front gate, it occurs to him that his day is repeating... Written by John Martoccia

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One man's journey through a crisis of faith.

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$150,000 (estimated)

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$3,027 (USA) (6 May 2011)

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$9,217 (USA) (2 September 2011)
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Good film with an important message
12 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film was spiritually and visually nourishing. The thought provoking dialog and carefully minimized action, enhanced by the musical score were almost meditative. The people to whom Vito Bonafacci goes for advice are diverse enough to be representative of a considerable section of humanity, at least Western humanity. The "advice" they offer is also quite representative of the prevailing thoughts on "good", Heaven, hell, and God's role in our lives. The flashbacks are particularly rich in wisdom and it is comforting to suppose that one might actually draw on past lessons and the wisdom of elders when searching for clarification in later life. I would hope that this film will be readily available for viewing by church groups and, indeed, everyone in our complacent, spiritually deficient society!


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