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Teresa of Avila was called by God to reform and renew the Carmelite order, a daunting task. She was joined in this work by her great fellow Carmelite and spiritual director, St. John of the Cross. This film reveals the conversion that Teresa herself had to go thru to deepen her own union with Christ as she endeavored to bring about that same deeper spiritual reform of her Carmelite order. It shows the tremendous opposition that she and John both faced within (and without) their order to bring about this much needed spiritual renewal. She and John of the Cross were both great mystics who combined the essential dimensions of a profound spiritual life with the very practical aspects of being completely dedicated to the human tasks necessary for such a reform.
This DVD has the following language tracks: Spanish with English subtitles.
Includes a 16 page Collector's booklet. Also has many Special Features, including: Documentary on the Making of the Film, Behind the Scenes Footage, Interviews with Actress and Director, Biography of St. Teresa and St. John of the Cross and much more!
Top Customer Reviews
Actress Concha Velasco is fully convincing at every stage of Teresa's life, and delivers a performance not matched in any other film based on Catholic themes I have ever seen. The film itself, although little known in this country until recently, is a serious contender for the best Catholic film ever made to date. In profound dimensionality it portrays not only the the humble consolations of the saint's life, but all the obstacles she must weather including grappling with her own personality, however insightful and gifted she may be.
The other key to the film's success is the well directed script's unflinching realism and honesty. Those with only superficial exposure to the great Spanish mystics, Teresa and John of the Cross, may be surprised and shocked by the film's early tackling of the saint's youthful faults and follies head on.Read more ›
Don't be concerned about the English subtitles; they do not detract at all from the enjoyment of this captivating movie. (I ordered this DVD set from Spain when Region 1 (U.S./Canada) was not available yet, and played it on my computer; so delighted it is finally in a format we can see on our TV's in the U.S.).
For those with a devotion to St. Teresa, or for anyone who enjoys the lives of saints, it does not get any better than this.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've known about this film for years - finally ordered it this year to watch during Lent, and am so glad I did. It is absolutely splendid. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Shannon S McKay
Feel like you are right there with her...excellently done!Published 4 months ago by Christine M. Settanni
I have not been able to watch it because it does not play on my lap top.
I have been trying for ever to get Ignasious to send me the ones that work. Read more
St. Teresa of Avila was one of the greatest Saints. I had read about her long ago. Unfortunately, I had to return the film because the sub titles could not all be seen, and on a... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Irene M. Colby