Here is the intriguing story of the greatest poet that Spain has ever known, in a film that has the depth and beauty of a 16th century masterpiece. Leonardo and Patti Defilippis play all the main characters, including John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila, and the film also includes a cast of more than sixty extras. John's mystical poem, The Spiritual Canticle runs as a connecting thread through the piece, and the suspenseful story keeps viewers on the edge of their seats.
Saint John of the Cross (1542-1591) joined the great Teresa of Avila in a renewal of the Carmelite order during the Golden Age of Spain. In Defilippis' warmly moving portrait, John is seen in his poverty-stricken childhood, and then as a young friar who becomes the leader of the reform with Teresa. As the tension of the drama heightens, he is kidnapped by his own religious brothers and imprisoned in a closet for nine torturous months. It is there that he composes much of his immortal poetry, and enters into a mystical union with God. His story will speak to all who long for peace and prayer in their turbulent lives.
Acclaimed actor Leonardo Defilippis gives another stunning performance in this portrayal of the great Carmelite mystic and Doctor of the Church. In his biggest and most challenging film yet, Defilippis gives a warmly human portrait of the mystical John, showing his charity, humility, suffering and patience. Out standing music score. Also includes other actors and actresses in roles like Teresa of Avila, Carmelite monks, etc. Shot on location in beautiful Napa Valley.
Format: Color, DVD
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only)
Number of discs: 1
Run Time: 56 minutes