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Finding Saint Francis DVD

(8 customer reviews)

£9.99

A modern retelling of the life of Saint Francis of Assisi.

Description

Directed and narrated by Paul Alexander, Finding Saint Francis is a documentary drama film of a modern retelling of the life story of Saint Francis of Assisi. The movie gives a fascinating insight into how Francis went from a licentious youth, to being outcast from his family, to extreme poverty, to eventually, becoming one of the most popular saints off all time.

In the Finding Saint Francis, Peter Stone, a high flyer in the city of London whose best friend has just committed suicide, has been pushed to the edge of a nervous breakdown. On the advice of his doctor he decides to spend a few days at a Franciscan friary deep in the Dorset countryside. But, on arriving, he finds that a film is being made on the life of Saint Francis there. When the lead actor playing Francis has to withdraw, Peter, with a past in amateur dramatics, is the perfect replacement. For Peter it’s the first steps on an extraordinary journey that completely changes his life.

Saint Francis eschewed property and raising family to lead a life where humility, love and joy were the keynotes of existence. His delight in the little things of life, his ability to sing and dance and play the fool, and his love of the natural world endeared him to peasants and popes alike. He befriended animals and saw the whole of creation as his brothers and sisters. This later earned him the title of Patron Saint of the Environment. Yet despite this simplicity, Francis still had the strength of character to broker ceasefires between armies of opposing religions and to become the unwitting leader of an order, that by his death, numbered thousands.

Even though he lived nearly seven hundred years ago Saint Francis’s biography is every bit as relevant in modern time as it was then. Whether religious or not, Francis’s life speaks to us of love, of joy, of reconciliation between faiths and of reverence for the natural environment, of love of all of creation.

Starring

Peter Stickney, Damien Thomas, Phillipa Urquhart, Stephan Chase, Vanessa Evans, Daniel Brooke-Eliot & Paul Alexander.

Director

Paul Alexander

Website

To watch the trailer and read full details about the film please visit our microsite at findingsaintfrancis.com.

Special features

Special features include: ‘Filming St Francis’, a 15 minute documentary on the making of Finding Saint Francis, by Adam Woods. ‘The Paintings and Music of Finding Saint Francis’ a slide show featuring the watercolour paintings by Angela Thomas and the music by Antony Bagott.

Included
Study Guide

A 40 page study guide ‘Stories and Reflections’ is included in with the DVD. Download it free here

Audio

English

Subtitles

French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Polish and English for the hard of hearing.

Format

PAL

Please note regarding format:  This DVD is in PAL broadcast format as opposed to NTSC.  NTSC is the native television format in USA, Canada, South America & the Caribbean. In these countries, some, particularly older, stand alone, DVD players are ‘NTSC only’ and will not play this PAL DVD.

However, This disk should play without problem on:

  • All stand alone DVD players outside of USA, Canada, South America & the Caribbean, including the UK, Europe, South, Africa, Australia and New Zealand, where PAL is the native format.
  • Modern, stand alone, DVD players that are ‘dual format’ (i.e. play both NTSC and PAL disks).
  • All computers with a DVD drive (laptops etc.).

If in doubt please refer to your product manual to ensure it can play PAL DVDs.

Additional information

Weight 120 g
Dimensions 220 × 160 × 18 mm
Audio

English

8 reviews for Finding Saint Francis DVD

  1. Amazon Customer

    Tired of living the way you are?

    See St Francis and his Community through the eyes of a young man of our time pressured by his life in the City and its general unsatisfying quality. His remarkable experience marks him deeply, provides fresh ways of looking and leaves the possibilities of the days to come quite open. This film is highly recommended.

  2. Alison Wunderlan

    An eye-opening new look at a well-loved figure

    This film is truly about ‘finding Saint Francis’, in a number of ways. It’s a film about a film of the saint’s life, when a disillusioned city worker turns up at the Franciscan community where the film’s being made. The director senses at once that he’s ‘found Saint Francis’ and casts the newcomer in that key role. Thereafter, we experience the interaction between the story of Saint Francis himself and the effect that the story has on modern people who hear it and become involved in it, especially the visitor playing the lead. The film-within-a-film style enables the director to engage with the audience at a variety of different levels. The film is the richer for being embedded in an actual present-day Franciscan community, and is enlivened by many excellent sketches of key landmarks, evoking the Italian scenery through with Saint Francis passed.

    During the film, we the audience get the chance to ‘find Saint Francis’ too, and to experience our own response to his striking, appealing and reassuringly imperfect personality. It becomes clear as the film develops that Saint Francis was very much a saint for our time as well as for his own, and the link is made with caring for the environment and taking a radical stand against conspicuous wealth.

    This film, with its multi-layered structure, is an entertaining story – and one which also makes us think. At a time when so many people are feeling alienated from relentless consumerism in society, Finding Saint Francis leaves us pondering about someone who found another, challenging way. Recommended!

  3. brian rowley (verified owner)

    a good dvd

  4. AHH (verified owner)

    It was interesting to see this DVD but sadly poor quality sound.

  5. Amazon Customer (verified owner)

    Not as funny as Monty Python unfortunately. Wasn’t quite what we were expecting.

  6. Mrs. E. Brown (verified owner)

    Saint Francis long ago, yesterday and today

    Along with the story of the life of St Francis we learn how there is much we can apply to life today.

  7. James Christie Brown (verified owner)

    A beautiful telling of the story of St Francis and how he important this is for our modern lives!

  8. nunhead (verified owner)

    A really informative film and a great introduction to the life and beliefs of St Francis. I loved the artwork too! Looking forward to more from this team.

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