Anthony: Warrior of God
St. Anthony (Jordi Molla – Blow) was born to affluent Portuguese nobles, but rejected material wealth to become a Franciscan monk, dedicating his fine mind and fragile body to defending the poor and oppressed against injustice. The story is told by Folco (Paolo De Vita – The Caiman), a reformed criminal and Anthony’s closest disciple. He recounts the story of the revolutionary saint who dared to challenge the money lenders that enslaved the people of Padua, led by Ronaldo (Damir Todorovic – The Nativity Story), a man who valued money over human life. Anthony fearlessly took on the highest spheres of society–even the Church–in defense of the common people.
This internationally acclaimed film features an ensemble cast of great European actors, including Giovanni Capalbo (The Passion of the Christ), Matt Patresi (The Nativity Story), Arnoldo Foa (Excellent Cadavers), and Franco Francescantonio (Goya in Bordeaux).
He was St. Anthony, called “Antonio” in this movie which features English subtitles. Jordi Molla gives a stupendous performance as the saint who was not afraid to speak his mind to the corrupt leaders of his day. He lived such an extraordinary life, which reflected Christ, that he was named a saint only eleven months following his death. He spoke against the wealth of the pious and fought for the rights of those who languished in poverty.
There are wonderful themes of living a humble and simple life hidden in Christ. The movie contains a few violent scenes which feature the spilling of blood as well as a fairly graphic scene in which a man hangs and his daughter sees him and cries out, “Daddy”. For these reasons we are recommending the film for our Dove “Faith-Based” seal with a caution for violence.