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The Jeweller's Shop (1988)

La bottega dell'orefice (original title)
The Jeweller sells wedding rings to a young couple and teaches them some precious truths about the meaning of love and marriage. He also helps another couple fight for their troubled marriage, rebuilding their relationship.

Director:

Michael Anderson

Writers:

Pope John Paul II (play) (as Karol Wojtyla), Jeff Andrus (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Lancaster ... The Jeweller
Daniel Olbrychski ... Father Adam
Ben Cross ... Stephane
Andrea Occhipinti ... André
Olivia Hussey ... Thérèse
Jo Champa ... Anna
Melora Hardin ... Monica
Jonathan Crombie ... Christophe
Francesca Bregni Francesca Bregni ... Liliana
Alessandra Casella Alessandra Casella ... Christina
Gianluigi Ghione Gianluigi Ghione ... Jurek
Philippe Lasry Philippe Lasry ... Polish Conductor
Paul Muller ... Conductor
Isabel Schiffmacker Isabel Schiffmacker ... Danuta
Brigitte Vauclair Brigitte Vauclair ... Nurse
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Storyline

The Jeweller sells wedding rings to a young couple and teaches them some precious truths about the meaning of love and marriage. He also helps another couple fight for their troubled marriage, rebuilding their relationship.

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priest | jeweller | based on play | See All (3) »

Genres:

Drama | Mystery | Romance

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Details

Country:

Italy | Austria | West Germany | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 1989 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Kraków, Malopolskie, Poland See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia

One of John Paul II's favourite movies was " The Shoes of the Fisherman ", which was directed by Michael Anderson, who would direct this adaptation of his 27 year old script. See more »

Quotes

The Jeweller: The weight of these gold rings is not the weight of metal, but the proper weight of man. Man's own weight. Yes, the proper weight of man. It's the weight of constant gravity, riveted to a short flight. Freedom and frenzy trapped in a tangle. And in that tangle, in that weight which at the same time is heavy and intangible, there is love - love which springs from freedom, like water from a rift in the earth. So tell me, my young friend, what is the proper weight of man?
André: I don't know.
The Jeweller: Man is not ...
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Worth seeing. Depends on what you like.
12 April 2005 | by SyrchekSee all my reviews

Yes, La Bottega dell'orefice is actually a play written by John Paul II, which is what a few people here are constantly emphasizing. And I think that most people that have seen it are linking it's enjoyment with the type of religion that the viewer is coming from.

I really think that it doesn't matter a single bit. If I were someone who from the start dislikes films that are linked to religion in their content I would probably want to avoid this. But I am sure glad I did not. The film really does not have a lot to do with religion. For me the main message of this film was that if we try to truly open our eyes, we will get a chance to fix most of our problems in no time.

I also like the film because it's not pathetic. It tries very hard to be believable and realistic. That is why it pours the viewers mind with hope.

There are still a few imperfections from the way I see it, but mainly on the visual side. As a whole, the film looks more like a TV drama (wich it probably is, I'm not sure). It had good but not great acting, but with great exceptions at a few moments. Overall it's the story and the storytelling that made this film worth seeing for me.

....... - 4/5 .......


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