By José Alberto Hermosillo
The recollection of the happenings surrounding the figure of Pio is purely observational, not inquisitive – the film does not question faith, socialism, or anarchy; on the contrary, the film touches those three compelling storylines superbly without inclining the balance to one side nor the other. However, the movie straightforwardly unfolds religious, political, and ideological warfare.
In the film, as in present times, worshippers are not inspired by faith. They follow the man, flesh, and human. Remember the words of Jesus, “You will work until you become dust.”
According to Pio, he was born four times. The first was from his mother. The second was when he received baptism. The third, when he answered the call to belong to the Franciscan order. The fourth was when the Lord went to visit him.
The performance of Shia LaBeouf is impeccable and insightful. After moving away from acting in big Hollywood blockbusters, such as “Transformers,” “Indiana Jones,” “Distubia,” and “Lawless,” he became an actor who likes to take risks in writing, performing, and producing independent films. One clear example of his decisions was participating in his semi-autobiographical child-actor drama “Honey Boy.” However, participating in other edgy films such as “Pieces of a Woman” and the Latinx gangster flick “The Tax Collector” made fans respect the actor, who is now playing more serious roles.
|Marco Leonardi as Gerardo in "Padre Pio."|
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