Per Grazia Ricevuta (1971)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Religious Drama  |   Run Time - 118 min.  |   Countries - Italy  |  
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Per Grazia Ricevuta (released in the US by The Cross-Eyed Priest) is a semi-autobiographical work from Italian actor/writer/director Nino Manfredi. The central character, played by Manfredi, is a young man whose obsessive lifelong devotion to Saint Eusebie has caused him to forego romance and a social life. After a sexual liaison with Delia Boccardo, Manfredi realizes what he's been missing in life and does a 180-degree turn into atheism! But when his Godless mentor Lionel Stander insists upon taking last rites when he dies, the befuddled Manfredi has no idea where he stands. He re-embraces religion after his life is saved through the apparent intervention of his longtime patron saint.

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atheism, liaison, religion, religious-conflict, religious-principles, saint