5.6/10
347
7 user 7 critic

Ignatius of Loyola (2016)

Ignacio de Loyola (original title)
'If you could hear the voice of God, would you want to keep it secret?' A historical drama based on the memoirs of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuit order. This is the story of ... See full summary »

Directors:

Paolo Dy, Cathy Azanza

Writers:

Paolo Dy, Paolo Dy (story by) | 4 more credits »
Reviews
6 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Poveda (2016)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

The film tells the story of Pedro Poveda (Raúl Escudero), a tenacious and innovative priest who opens paths in the field of education and in the defense of the rights of women in early ... See full summary »

Director: Pablo Moreno
Stars: Ainhoa Aldanondo, Alejandro Arroyo, Miguel Berlanga
Adventure | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The story covers Paul going from the most infamous persecutor of Christians to Jesus Christ's most influential apostle.

Director: Andrew Hyatt
Stars: Jim Caviezel, James Faulkner, Olivier Martinez
Mission of Honor II (2018)
Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

The exploits of 303 Squadron RAF during the Battle of Britain. The squadron consisted of Polish pilots, many of whom were veterans of the air battles involved in Germany's invasion of Poland.

Director: David Blair
Stars: Iwan Rheon, Milo Gibson, Stefanie Martini
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Guie'dani, a Zapotec indigenous girl and her mother take up work with an upper middle class family in Mexico City. The girl does not fit and is conflicting. Everything changes when she ... See full summary »

Director: Xavi Sala
Stars: Majo Alfaroh, Valentina Buzzurro, Sótera Cruz
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The story of the life and conversion of Aurelius Augustinus to Saint Augustine of Hippo.

Director: Christian Duguay
Stars: Alessandro Preziosi, Monica Guerritore, Alexander Held
Gold (2017)
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Love, ambition, treason and death clash in a neverending search for a city built with gold.

Director: Agustín Díaz Yanes
Stars: Raúl Arévalo, Bárbara Lennie, Óscar Jaenada
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

A kind-hearted street clown tries to charm his childhood sweetheart.

Director: Alex Sanchez
Stars: Renato Marin Alcalde, Liz Brambila, Ezequiel Cardenas
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  
Director: José Díaz Morales
Stars: Rafael Durán, Maruchi Fresno, Manuel Luna
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A true crime movie about a crew of retired crooks who pull off a major heist in London's jewelry district. What starts off as their last criminal hurrah, quickly turns into a brutal nightmare due to greed. Based on infamous true events.

Director: James Marsh
Stars: Michael Caine, Michael Gambon, Ray Winstone
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A series of 15 prints inspired by "A Report for an Academy" by Franz Kafka, provokes this look at the life of the artist and social activist Francisco Toledo.

Director: Albino Alvarez
Stars: Dawn Ades, Germaine Gomez Haro, Francisco Toledo
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Pope Francis travels the world speaking to those in need and delivering a message of hope.

Director: Wim Wenders
Stars: Pope Francis, Ignazio Oliva, Sister María Eufemia Goycoechea
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andreas Muñoz ... Iñigo
Javier Godino ... Xanti
Julio Perillán ... Padre Sanchez
Pepe Ocio ... Montes
Mario de la Rosa ... Calixto
Isabel García Lorca Isabel García Lorca ... Dona Ines (as Isabel Garcia-Lorca)
Cristóbal Pinto ... Garin
Ricardo Reguera Ricardo Reguera ... Don Martin de Loyola
Lucas Fuica Lucas Fuica ... Don Beltran
Raghad Chaar ... Magdalena
Tacuara Casares Tacuara Casares ... Catalina
Marta Codina Marta Codina ... Ana
Gonzalo Trujillo ... Frias
Jonathan D. Mellor ... Figueroa (as Jonathan Mellor)
Imanol Reta Imanol Reta ... Gallo
Edit

Storyline

'If you could hear the voice of God, would you want to keep it secret?' A historical drama based on the memoirs of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuit order. This is the story of a soldier, a man of vice and violence who, in his attempt to turn to the light, was forced to wrestle with his inner demons to the very brink of death. A Filipino production shot in Spain and the Philippines, the film chronicles his valiant but futile defense at the Battle of Pamplona, his struggles with depression and near-suicide, his trial before the Inquisition, and his ultimate vindication.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Soldier. Sinner. Saint.


Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

Philippines | Spain

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 April 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ignatius of Loyola See more »

Filming Locations:

Spain See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$950,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$195,250
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

First crowd-funded feature film to be produced by an ex-colony of Spain, the Philippines, in the mother country, Spain, about an indigenously Spanish figure, Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuit order. Front-of-the-camera talent is Spanish; but behind-the-camera talents (the producers, writers, designers) are mostly Filipino. See more »

Quotes

Iñigo de Loyola: I once asked a man to break my leg, so that it would heal and be whole again. For the same reason, I needed God to break my spirit. Fortunately, God is a much better surgeon than man.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Sets the world on fire
7 September 2016 | by kevin_newdirectionsSee all my reviews

The most earnest moment in Ignacio De Loyola comes from a scene where the eponymous saint asks a prostitute to visualize God sat on an empty chair and think of the things that He would say to her. She replies with:, "He doesn't care who I was or where I've been, He only cares where I'm going." And in those words, the essence of the film is captured – no one is too far gone in God's eyes. Just like a sword forged in fire, St. Ignatius is hammered with blows of misfortunes that disguise as a trajectory towards his greatest achievement – The Society of Jesus (Jesuits). Paolo Dy's Ignacio De Loyola humanizes a saint's life beyond a piece of a holy statue. It works as an invitation to examine oneself, a challenge to "set the world on fire" with God's fervor.

Born into a regal and wealthy family, Iñigo López de Loyola (Andreas Muñoz) is a proud Spanish knight who draws chief delight in his military profession, a young man who pursuits a life of fame and vanity. Instead of earning his desire for a hero's death during a battle in Pamplona, he ends up crippled when a French cannonball shatters his right leg. Boredom and frustration starts to seep through his soul in a way pain does to one's body so he forces himself to read the books he has at hand: The Life of the Christ and The Lives of the Saints. After a spiritual calling compels him to live a life bound by the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, he is faced with allegations of blasphemy, and plagued by his inner demons, which he has to conquest as he tries to listen to the voice of God.

Dy and his wife Cathy Azanza's script exudes some flashes of brilliant poetry. It even surprises with a handful moments of humor and some lines which I hope are inspired by Sun Tzu's Art of War. (one of which is "If your enemy is angry, then you have already won.") However, it has the tendency to oversell its message that at times the dialogues seem to be mere discussions of theology. The excessive third person narrations are also occasionally distracting. Narrations like "Iñigo dons his new armor, he opens the door…" assumes that the audience is blind to acknowledge what is happening on-screen. It is squandering Muñoz, who is already an excellent actor, for the script to spell out his every single emotion.

While it is a smart choice to focus on a certain phase in Iñigo's life – his conversion from being a sinner to a saint – the film is yearning for a more solid story. The first half has a slow pace and you can tell it as the days are evidently passing by. As the story trudges along Iñigo's early life as a soldier, his conversion, his Spiritual Exercises and his encounter with The Inquisition, the plot structure suddenly looks strange when it gets to the blood-curling climax which actually happens on a flashback (or is it a dream sequence? I'm confused up till now). The story doesn't really need to be that linear, however, the over-reliance on flashbacks breaks the emotional momentum when it gets back to the present.

While Dy's efforts to handle such a gargantuan religious biopic occasionally fall apart, Ignacio De Loyola manages to deliver its greatest gift to its audience – the deep understanding for discernment. Our souls are continually drawn into two directions: towards goodness and towards sinfulness but if we peel away the many layers of our desires, fears and ambitions, we'll find God there. Hence, every word and every action should be done for His greater glory. The analogy of the Ignatian spirituality and watching a movie is really not that hard to follow. In the cinemas, you will be faced to choose between the two: a mainstream film or a religious film full of philosophical and theological substance.

Full review: http://www.filmpolicereviews.com/reviews/ignacio-de- loyola


4 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 7 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed