Pvt. Francis returns from serving in Iraq as a broken alcoholic who has lost all passion for life. An encounter with a fellow veteran, now destitute, initiates a spiritual crisis that leads the young man to renounce his family's wealth and to seek out a more meaningful life among the homeless and rejected on the streets of Brooklyn. Soon a growing fraternity of assorted and eccentric oddballs form around Francis as these modern day friars seek to muddle their way towards enlightenment. A series of funny and often irreverent vignettes, adapted from the true story of St. Francis of Assisi, all illustrating the simplest joys of a life based on humility, faith and compassion. Written by
What would happen if we were to take our Christianity seriously, and really walk the walk (not just talk the talk)? That's the question this movie seeks to answer.
It's a low-budget flick, and certainly doesn't have the polish of most movies. But it kind of makes up for this with interesting views of New York City.
The movie doesn't actually try to be offensive. But perhaps it's not for fans of most Christian movies, who are likely to be easily offended. It's more than a little "gritty," but maybe the life of the original St. Francis was more than a little gritty, too.
Occasionally the film is light-hearted and funny. Even so, it has an unforgettable message to impart. This movie is likely to stay with me for a long time. Now I can much more easily imagine what might happen if I were to live the gospel, to take the words of Jesus as literally as possible. So I'm intensely grateful that I saw this charming "little" movie.
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