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New Meetup: Conscious Movie Night: Padre Pio: Miracle Man

From: Johanna K.
Sent on: Thursday, January 22, 2009 10:16 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Meditation & Inner Spirituality Group - New Haven!

What: Conscious Movie Night: Padre Pio: Miracle Man

When: January 30,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: Hello everyone,
For our January Conscious Movie Night, we are going to show the film Padre Pio: Miracle Man. It is a profoundly moving film, that shows us as much about ourselves and our own struggles as it does about the life of Padre Pio. I've included below a description and a couple of reviews from Amazon that give a pretty good picture of what this film is about. Since it about 3 & 1/2 hours long, we will start a little earlier than usual, at 7:00 pm. I hope you all can join us.
Rev. Johanna
This movie captures the Capuchin friar's intense faith and devotion, and deep spiritual concern for others, as well as his great compassion for the sick and suffering. It reveals the amazing details and events in Padre Pio's life as a boy and throughout his 50 years as a monk, dramatizing the frequent attacks of the Devil on him, as well as the persecution he suffered at the hands of people, including those in the church. Starring Italian actor Sergio Castellitto, and directed by Carlo Carlei, this is an outstanding feature film on the amazing life of this great saint.

Stellar, August 9, 2007
By Gavin G. Dillard "poet/songwright" (Ha'iku, HI)

A brilliant film by any standards; has become one of my top ten films ever. Performances are stellar, and even flaws in the script become meaningless within the overall scope of both spirituality and an amazingly compelling and rich story. Castellitto can not be praised highly enough. This is not a film about Catholicism, quite the contrary, but about a man intrinsically surrendered to the sacred Spirit, to Truth and to Jesus on the most intimate level we can imagine. It is a profound meditation I watch over and over.

An outstanding film, November 30, 2007
By John Knutsen (Berkeley, CA USA)

Carlo Carlei has made a captivating and deeply spiritual film spanning the entire life of this towering 20th-century saint. I've watched it several times now and find it more and more engrossing with each viewing. Sergio Castellitto's performance is outstanding -- he reveals so much of Padre Pio's spiritual depth, his very Southern Italian sense of humor and gruffness, his sensitivity, and above all his intense faith. His battles with Satan are chillingly portrayed, without a hint of any sort of psycho-spiritual mumbo jumbo as usually dominates Hollywood treatments of these subjects. The music and cinematography are first-rate. I recommend watching this film in Italian with English subtitles because the dubbed English is very distracting. This is an extremely fine film that goes a very long way toward revealing why Padre Pio is one of the most beloved and fascinating saints of all time. Very highly recommended.

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