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  • Writer's pictureTrish Perry

Cabrini: Visually Beautiful and Heartbreaking


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Have you seen Alejandro Monteverde’s film, Cabrini, yet? It may be too late to see it on the big screen, but I want to encourage you to keep your eyes open for its streaming release. Angel Studios hasn’t yet announced when the film will be available to view at home, nor which service will provide it. But you don’t need to be Catholic to appreciate the Christian love and strength demonstrated by the title character, Italian immigrant Sister Francesca Cabrini.


Cabrini was a missionary nun who immigrated to the Five Points slums of New York City at the turn of the 20th century. She dedicated her life to building an orphanage to provide for neglected, starving, endangered Italian children. The movie is stunning—both visually beautiful and heartbreaking—and one can’t help but marvel at the endurance and dedication of Cabrini and the small band of sisters she led. No matter how often her efforts were deliberately thwarted, she started again and again, trusting that God would help her succeed.


The acting is moving, and the cinematography is very impressive. The film is rated PG-13, because life in Five Points was not for the innocent. That, however, is why Francesca Cabrini planted herself there. The innocent were her mission field. Her story is inspirational, and I highly recommend you allow yourself to be so inspired.

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