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The Reading Eagle: “John Smith column 11/24/12: Film on St. Augustine dwells on years before his conversion”

St. Augustine came to life in a powerful, thrilling, moving way in the film “Restless Heart” in three showings last weekend at Berks Catholic High School.

Sin, it has been noted, is more exciting than spirituality, and the movie may have proved that in taking 100 minutes to get to his conversion (at age 33), leaving only a half-hour for his last 42 years.

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The Socon or Bust blog: “Restless Heart – Great Movie, Sold Out Venue”

Yesterday, my wife and I went to see Restless Heart – The Confessions of St. Augustine. I got home from work late and was sitting at the dining room table eating some delicious tomato soup at 7PM, then a still small voice whispered: “You dummy, you’re missing the movie.” I sprang out of my seat and yelled, “We’re missing the movie!”. My wife and I rushed to Notre Dame High School where it was being shown, only to find that it hadn’t yet started. When we arrived, the place was packed.

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Examiner.com: “Restless Heart: The Confessions of St. Augustine, A Movie Review”

It isn’t often that a movie of this caliber comes along to depict true events in the lives of well-known saints. Restless Heart is a movie graced with three very dynamic saints of the 4th and 5th centuries A.D.: St. Augustine, his mother, St. Monica, and his mentor, St. Ambrose. Directed by Canadian director Christian Duguay and produced by Ignatius Press, this movie, filmed in Europe is based on the eminent autobiographical work of St. Augustine of Hippo, written between AD 397 and AD 398 entitled The Confessions of St. Augustine.

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The Practicing Catholic blog: “From Sinner to Saint: Restless Heart Movie Depicts Life of St. Augustine”

Its message is as timely today as it was only a few generations after Jesus walked on Earth. It is the story of one who pursues fame and fortune without a moral compass – and the changes that occur when events lead him to see the light. It also chronicles the collapse of the Roman world and how Augustine laid the intellectual foundations of what became Europe.

You don’t want to miss Restless Heart!

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“Good Measure” on Patheos by Lisa Hendey: “Are You Augustine, Monica, Both or Neither?”

I’m at work on an interesting project — a foreword for a devotional book relating to the lives of St. Monica and St. Augustine. While I can’t say too much about the book at this point, suffice it to say that I’ve been thinking quite a lot about this saintly mother/son combo the past few days as I’ve poured over the manuscript.

As a mother, and especially a mother of sons, I can’t help but feel a special kinship with St. Monica.

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The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: “Restless Heart: The Confessions of St. Augustine”

It’s a curious project, a Catholic feature that’s not quite of a piece with most faith-based productions, though it shares some of the earnestness of those churchy fables. It is quite obviously the product of a careful and devoted intelligence who cares more about Augustine than historical accuracy or the conventions of action movie making, although it genuflects in the direction of the Hollywood sword-and sandals epic.

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The Florida Catholic – Archdiocese of Miami – News and Events: “Teens bring ‘Restless Heart’ to Miami”

MIAMI – As a community service project, members of Immaculata LaSalle High School’s Key Club will be bringing the movie “Restless Heart” to the big screen in Miami this weekend.

The Key Club, which hosted a movie last year, decided to open the invitation to the community at large by hosting a movie at Paragon Coconut Grove.

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Legatus: “Restless Heart: The Confessions of St. Augustine”

One of the greatest apologists for the Catholic faith, St. Augustine of Hippo comes to the big screen in this impressive dramatic film. Interestingly, Restless Heart is the first feature-length movie on the life of this North African Doctor of the Church.

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Reel Faith on NET TV: “REEL FAITH 60 Second Review of RESTLESS HEART”

The Catholic Fire Blog: “Movie Review”

Those who know me know that I am writing very few reviews these days due to the many hours of research I have been devoting to my Master’s thesis in theology. However, when I was offered a chance to review the first full-length feature movie on St. Augustine, I could not refuse, as he has long held a special place in my heart.

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Catholic News Agency: “St. Augustine premieres on the big screen”

Denver, Colo., Aug 20, 2012 / 10:33 am (CNA).- “Restless Heart,” a feature film about the famous theologian St. Augustine of Hippo, is now available for sponsored theatrical screenings across the U.S.

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National Catholic Register: “St. Augustine Film to Be Screened in U.S.”

Restless Heart, a feature film about the famous theologian St. Augustine of Hippo, is now available for sponsored theatrical screenings across the U.S.

Ignatius Press, the film’s American distributor, is encouraging individuals, parishes, church groups or other organizations to bring the film to their towns.

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Catholic News Service: “Message for modern times seen in story of St. Augustine’s conversion”

St. Augustine’s “Confessions,” the autobiographical account of his sinful youth and eventual conversion to Christianity, may be a centuries-old story but its message still resonates today, according to the head of Ignatius Press. For the first time, a feature film — titled “Restless Heart”

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Beliefnet: “Restless Heart” brings human journey of St. Augustine to the big screen”

A saint’s story. Ignatius Press is rolling out a major grassroots distribution campaign for RESTLESS HEART: The Confessions of Augustine. The English-language European production, which is based on St. Augustine’s autobiography The Confessions, will preview this Wednesday (Aug. 22) at the Lon Chaney Theater inside City Auditorium in downtown Colorado Springs in an event co-hosted by the Colorado Catholic Herald and the online faith-based retailer Aquinas and More Catholic Goods. The event will benefit Catholic Charities of Central Colorado.

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The Georgia Bulletin: “Message for modern times seen in story of St. Augustine’s conversion”

St. Augustine’s “Confessions,” the autobiographical account of his sinful youth and eventual conversion to Christianity, may be a centuries-old story but its message still resonates today, according to the head of Ignatius Press.

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National Catholic Register: “Bringing St. Augustine to the Big Screen”

An Interview with Ignatius Press’ Tony Ryan

A few years ago, Ignatius Press began partnering with various European production companies to obtain the licensing rights to distribute European-made films in North America. That partnership has resulted in high-quality made-for-television Italian films such as Claire and Francis, Padre Pio: Between Heaven and Earth, and St. Giuseppe Moscati: Doctor to the Poor being made available on DVD in the US.

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The Breaking Christian News: “Restless Heart” Film Based on Life of St. Augustine”

Students of Church history know Augustine’s influence on the development of Western Christianity was so profound, he is considered one of the “Doctors” of the Church. Many Protestant leaders also believe him to be one of the great theological “fathers” of the Reformation because of his teachings on salvation and divine grace. His books Confessions and City of God are still classics of the Christian faith.

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