St. Rita of Cascia (2004 TV movie- Santa Rita da Cascia)

Directed by 

Giorgio Capitani

Writing Credits (in alphabetical order)  

Saverio D'Ercole...(associate writer)
Elisabetta Lodoli
Maura Nuccetelli
Film Showing
August 8, 2014
7:30-9:30 in the evening
JDHP Center 1

"Blessed are the peacemakers..." 


St. Rita da Cascia is the female version of St. Jude, the Patron of Hopeless Cases or the Impossible.  Besides that, she is also known to be invoked when a woman is in a turbulent marriage.  She is also the saint of single mothers(widows or not) and of feuding families.

To hear the correct background music, please watch the film in its original Italian with Portuguese subtitles.  The English version was poorly dubbed and like what my friend and little sister, Jinkee, observed, it seemed like everything was "the climax" because of the background music. 

Vittoria Belvedere is a beautiful person, but her features are too strong and you would wonder why she was chosen, but if you are familiar with St. Rita's life, you would know why.  If you are going to watch this without knowing her story,  later towards the end of the film you would realize why.  There are events in her life that would need those kind of features.

People say this movie is very accurate.  It probably is.  

Paolo Mancini ()and Rita() with their twins, Giangiacomo"Giovanni" Antonio and Paulo Maria

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Bernardo(Sandro Giordano), Paolo (Martin Crewes) and Francesco (Mirco Petrini) Mancini

From Wikipedia:
Saint Rita of Cascia
Santa Rita Cascia.jpg
Patron Saint of the Impossible, abused wives and widows
(note the accurate portrayal of her Medieval religious habit, brown and white veil with brown ribbon borders). She is holding a thorn from the crown of Christ that pierced her forehead as a sign of penance
Mother, Widow, Stigmatist, Consecrated Religious
Born1381
RoccaporenaPerugiaUmbriaItaly
DiedMay 22, 1457
Cascia, Perugia, Umbria, Italy
Honored in
Roman Catholic Church
Aglipayan Church
Beatified1626 by Pope Urban VIII
CanonizedMay 24, 1900, Vatican CityRome byPope Leo XIII
Major shrineCasciaItaly
FeastMay 22
AttributesForehead wound, Rose, Bees, grape vine
PatronageLost and impossible causes, sickness, wounds, marital problems, abuse, mothers
ControversySpousal abuseFeudFamily honor

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