The ascetic Simón believes he is a sinner and decides to self-inflict a sacrifice, living like a hermit on the top of a pedestal in the middle of the desert to be closer to God and resist the temptations of the world. His followers are peasants and travelers that believe that Simón is a saint capable of performing miracles and they crowd to hear his speeches. However, Satan tries to tempt him with the pleasures of the world.
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Did You Know?
The film's eponymous ascetic is based on the 5th-century Syrian saint Simeon Stylites. While this film takes obvious artistic license with the story, Simeon Stylites also famously perched on a pillar in the desert, reportedly for 37 consecutive years. See more
When the coffin is floating through the desert toward Simon's pillar, the wire pulling the coffin can be seen several times. See more
The Devil as an Old Witch
[running away naked
I'll be back, shaggy locks!
Referenced in Life Itself
Himnos de los Peregrinos
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