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Source: Catholic News Service

Heavy-breathing potboiler about a doctor (Sergio Castellitto) who's just learned that his daughter's been in a near-fatal motorcycle accident, and reminisces about a time 16 years earlier when his car broke down and he raped the young impoverished woman who let him use her phone (Penelope Cruz in an admirably intense performance), leading to an obsessively passionate and kinky relationship, even after his bourgeois wife (Claudia Gerini), who intuits the adulterous affair, learns she's pregnant. Castellitto directed this alternately sentimental and repellant adaptation of wife Margaret Mazzantini's best seller, though its high-caliber acting and artsy trappings can't erase the considerable sordidness of the plot even with its tacked-on "redemptive" ending, and a soul-searching protagonist who remains self-pityingly unsympathetic. In Italian. Subtitles. Rough and crude language, brutal sexual encounters, abortion, partial nudity, graphic operating room gore, and gratuitous scenes of bodily functions. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America.



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Jutta of Thuringia: Today's patroness of Prussia began her life amidst luxury and power but died the death of a simple servant of the poor.
<p>In truth, virtue and piety were always of prime importance to Jutta and her husband, both of noble rank. The two were set to make a pilgrimage together to the holy places in Jerusalem, but her husband died on the way. The newly widowed Jutta, after taking care to provide for her children, resolved to live in a manner utterly pleasing to God. She disposed of the costly clothes, jewels and furniture befitting one of her rank, and became a Secular Franciscan, taking on the simple garment of a religious.
</p><p>From that point her life was utterly devoted to others: caring for the sick, particularly lepers; tending to the poor, whom she visited in their hovels; helping the crippled and blind with whom she shared her own home. Many of the townspeople of Thuringia laughed at how the once-distinguished lady now spent all her time. But Jutta saw the face of God in the poor and felt honored to render whatever services she could.
</p><p>About the year 1260, not long before her death, Jutta lived near the non-Christians in eastern Germany. There she built a small hermitage and prayed unceasingly for their conversion. She has been venerated for centuries as the special patron of Prussia.</p> American Catholic Blog The confessional is not the dry-cleaner’s; it is an encounter with Jesus, with that Jesus who is waiting for us, who is waiting for us as we are.

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