Padre Pio is a powerful and moving drama based on the life of a priest in a small Italian town just after the end of the First World War. Padre Pio, who has subsequently been “sainted” by the Catholic Church finds himself ministering to war-weary families, many of whom have lost loved ones. He also finds himself in direct conflict with Satan himself who appears at various points throughout the film.

Shia LaBeouf gives a stirring performance as the embattled priest, who apparently was able to do miracles, including, early on, making a crippled man walk. The priest also has to deal with corrupt and wealthy landowners. The powerful people are depriving the locals of the land where they need to grow food. Many of the locals go on to join the Socialist Party and the priest becomes a spokesman for them. Eventually, Pio asks God if he may: “become a suffering servant” on behalf of the people and in confirmation of this receives the sign of the stigmata.

This film is well worth seeing, with some stand out performances and excellent production values. It’s a film about faith, believe and right and wrong which raises many moral issues as well as spiritual ones. As a result of his experience while making this film, Shia LaBeouf converted to the Roman Catholic church. I heartily recommend this film.

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Andy Godfrey

Andy Godfrey is a speaker with Outreach UK and has been in full-time Christian work for many years. He is a founding member of the Mark Kermode Appreciation Society and has a collection of nearly 3,000 movies. He’s also an ardent Bristol City fan.

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