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The poor Italian peasant boy Francesco already has visions of Jesus and Mary as a child, but the Devil visits him too. He, Francesco, is quite certain that he will become a priest. After entering the Capuchin Order it becomes clear that Padre Pio (his new name) has powers which can not be explained rationally: he heals the sick, knows the names, problems and future of complete strangers. His prophesies the then unknown young Karol Wojtyla that he will become Pope one day. Padre Pio's charity and extatic prayers make an great impression on the people. In 1918 the Wounds of Christ appear on his hands and feet- Padre Pio carries the stigmata. His followers multiply, and the cult that grows up arround him makes his holy order and the Vatican uneasy. Many within the church consider him to be an hysteric or a trickster, since he only shows his wounds the one time when they first appeared. Padre Pio suffers reprisals, he is no longer allowed to carry out his role as a priest. The ordinary ...Written by
This is honestly one of the best, if not even the best movie I've ever seen. The authenticity of the Saint's portrayal by Sergio Castellito is breathtaking. With his outstanding artistic performance he succeeded to balance a difficult task of showing Padre Pio as a deeply Saint and deeply human man in the same time. The movie shows a great humility, purity of heart and self-sacrifice of the Saint, but it doesn't also lack his simplicity and sense of humor. Jurgen Prochnow also very well handles his role of portraying the suspicious and persecuting priest. The final scenes representing the end of Padre Pio's life show the confrontation of these two man in a way which lets us see the amazing holiness of Padre Pio in a very special, strong way. The whole movie is deeply touching, and the beautiful and emotional soundtrack of Paolo Buonvino only intensifies the great experience by watching it. I think the film is very much worth to be seen not only by christians but also by atheists.
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