I’m not trying to stir the pot, but the movie is awful. People need to be told. FYI here is a review of it I posted on Amazon.
[one star rating]
Do not let the one star deceive you: I am giving this movie a - 3 rating. When I sat down to watch it I knew it wasn’t going to be a biography of St. Rita. The other reviewers had made it clear that it departed from the saint’s life in important aspects, such as the fact that she was coerced into marriage at the age of twelve even though she wanted to enter a convent (rather than fall in love at +/- 22 with a knight who saved a baby (?) from a slaughter he had taken part in).
I had hoped at least for a reasonably good fictitious plot loosely based on the theme of St Rita’s life.
Instead I was served up a smalchy mess stuffed with every C-grade Hollywood cliche imaginable. Main actors who can’t act. Watching Vittoria Belvedere portraying Rita in prayer is painful: she looks bored, waiting for something to distract her which - O happy fortune - just happens to be Martin Crewes coming along, with his long, shaggy hair and short beard (Oh yes, very authentic late mediaeval, that). And the supporting cast - Lord deliver us! One is made aware that these are actors trying to act. When watching this kind of substandard performance, I always imagine that the extras are thinking to themselves: ‘I’m getting paid for this, I’m getting paid for this.’
And for heaven’s sake (literally) can’t someone be found to give the director of a movie like this some idea of how a Catholic nun thinks? Or even just how a Catholic who takes his/her faith seriously, thinks? Robert Bolt, who wrote A Man for All Seasons, was an Agnostic and a member of the Communist Party, but he understood the driving force behind the Catholic ideal better than this movie does.
When I watch a movie, I usually get totally absorbed into it, and only rarely abandon it halfway through. I gave up on this one less than an hour in.
If you want to watch it, good luck, but it has two thumbs down and a raspberry from this reviewer.