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François et le chemin du soleil (1972)

François et le chemin du soleil



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Évocation de la vie de Saint François d'Assise. Fils de commerçant, le jeune François part combattre pour défendre Assise et revient transformé et blessé. Une fois rétabli, il voue son existence à Dieu et à l'amour de son prochain et décide de vivre dans la pauvreté. Aux côtés de Claire, il prêche la parole de Dieu. Reçu par le Pape, celui-ci lui accorde la permission de fonder son ordre monastique.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Faith & Spirituality, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Kenneth Ross, Suso Cecchi d'Amico, Franco Zeffirelli, Lina Wertmüller
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 9, 2004
Paramount Pictures


Graham Faulkner
as Saint François d'Ass...
Valentina Cortese
as Pica Di Bernardone
Leigh Lawson
as Bernardo
Alec Guinness
as Pope Innocent III
Lee Montague
as Pietro Di Bernardone
John Sharp
as Bishop
Michael Feast
as Silvestro
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Critic Reviews for François et le chemin du soleil

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (6)

Soft-focus spiritual gunk.

Full Review… | March 11, 2015
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Zeffirelli's work looks like a Sunday-school coloring book: everything is glowingly photogenic, including poverty, and leprosy.

Full Review… | March 11, 2015
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Franco Zeffirelli has utilized a style of simple elegance, befitting both the period and the subject.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Avoid at all costs.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Zeffirelli has made a big, absurd doodad, a movie that confuses simplicity with simple-mindedness and that makes saintliness look like an extreme form of Asian flu.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Brother Sun, Sister Moon is a big, limp Valentine of a movie, filled with an excess of sweetness and light. What a shame.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for François et le chemin du soleil


Well meaning (hey, it's about a saint!) but ultimately deeply flawed telling of St.Francis done up as a 60's counterculture agent provacateur. Only missing, hey wait, it's here too, a Donovon soundtrack. Peace. love. flowers and God, man. And uber long, too. A great sleep aid.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

This is the MOST aesthetically beautiful movie I've EVER seen from the scenery shots to the actors -- Zeffierelli's FINEST -- Even better than Romeo and Juliet which came out immediately before this -- Alec Guiness turns in a WONDERFUL Pope and the other acting is stupendous -- The music was done by Donovan -- People my age will remember him from the 60's and 70's -- I just can't say enough good about this movie!

Tom Ericksen

Super Reviewer


Stunning visual metaphors, more a poem than a biography, succeeding brilliantly in juxtaposing symbols of worldly riches with those of spiritual riches. Graham Faulkner is convincing with Alec Guinness superb.

hawk ledge

Super Reviewer

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