Brother Sun, Sister Moon (Fratello sole, sorella luna) (1972) - Rotten Tomatoes

Brother Sun, Sister Moon (Fratello sole, sorella luna) (1972)



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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.
Classics , Drama , Faith & Spirituality
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Paramount Pictures

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Graham Faulkner
as Saint François d'Assise
Judi Bowker
as Claire
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
Adolfo Celi
as Consul
Michael Feast
as Silvestro
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Critic Reviews for Brother Sun, Sister Moon (Fratello sole, sorella luna)

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
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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
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Audience Reviews for Brother Sun, Sister Moon (Fratello sole, sorella luna)

Yes, it's operatic, visually beautiful, dramatic, deep in emotion--and what's wrong with that. Hey folks, it's ok to cry, feel!! I loved this movie. It's different from the junk we get today. Well acted, nice costumes. Zeffirelli made Jesus of Nazareth, and it has this same style.

Joe Medina
Joe Medina

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
Kevin M. Williams

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.

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hawk ledge

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