A young man is asked to translate a woman’s confession. It may change their lives. | Italian Miracle



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Antonio is a young man who lives in a rural Italian village who doesn’t quite have his life together. But he does know some English, so when the local priest asks his help translating during a confession from Bridget, who speaks only English, he’s on hand to help.

But as the woman confesses, it’s clear to both the priest and Antonio that she’s dealing with a considerable moral dilemma. But as Antonio translates the priest’s counsel, he begins to disagree with the priest and takes liberties with the translation — a decision that just might change the course of their lives.

Written and directed by Francesco Gabriele — who also plays the lead role –this charming short comedy has sharp and witty observations about religious influence in daily life in Italy, but ultimately it succeeds by making viewers smile, as a young man takes quick advantage of a situation to change his — and another woman’s — luck for the better.

Though there are moments of ribaldry and innuendo and some fun poked at Antonio’s rather slacker-ish appearance, the humor in the writing is generally warm and affectionate, reminiscent of the community portrayed in the story. (This warmth is also a hallmark of the film’s visual approach, whose handsome cinematography and graceful camerawork takes full advantage of the beautiful views and picturesque historical detail of its rural setting.)

The humor is not exactly wholesome, but it is grounded in the web of interconnections of the village: everyone knows everyone in this village and is familiar with their individual foibles and faults. Through this lens, Antonio comes off as a bit of an aimless layabout, much to his mother’s exasperation.

He’s played by Gabriele with a sheepish and sleepy charm, but there’s also an innate brightness and intelligence in him — a cleverness that’s activated when actor Jennifer Ann Elmore shows up as the English-speaking woman in need of spiritual guidance. He seems to come to life, getting sharper and faster in his thinking as he grasps just what opportunity has fallen into his lap. Watching him go after what he wants and take his chance is highly entertaining, and even inspiring, as Antonio helps another find her own path, and puts himself finally on his own.

“Italian Miracle” exists in a world that is cloistered, with some insularity, and part of Antonio’s dilemma is that such an environment likely doesn’t have a big enough arena to exert his intelligence and talents. But even tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the modern world, there’s still a place for a tiny miracle to pop up in the middle of nowhere. But even divine intervention needs a human assist: it may take a little luck to spot it, and a little chutzpah to take advantage of it when the chance presents itself.

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A young man is asked to translate a woman’s confession. It may change their lives. | Italian Miracle

Italian Miracle by Francesco Gabriele

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  1. I'm Allen. I bring you the world's best short films from the Oscars, Sundance, Cannes and more! Subscribe now: http://sub2.omele.to

  2. This is not complete Italian ..it's only in the south of Italy

  3. Best 9 minutes of my life.

  4. He kinda reminds me of Shaggy from Scooby doo.

  5. As gods' messenger Hermes translates to the people the commands of the gods and tells the gods about the wishes of the people. As translator and interpreter, Hermes holds the fate of both worlds. In one moment, Anton, idiot to others, possesses the power of Hermes.

  6. The guy sugar coated the teaching og the church. You may hate it deny it but its for the morally good. Clouded by emotions i guess.

  7. Loved this short film ..wish it was longer😍

  8. But I can guarantee,
    Indian moms are on another level. Nobody can beat them. 😎

  9. I can relate to this story. The only difference is instead of being smacked with the wooden spoon it was La chancla.

  10. I didn't get the end. Anyone? Thanks.

  11. Can anyone explain me the last scene where he took his umbrella

  12. I did a confession in Vietnam. Pretty sure the priest didn't understand english and really didnt know how to go through with it. I think it worked out in the end.

  13. we enjoyed it, no crying this time

  14. This world needs more women like her, who are gonna decide with whom they want to conceive their babies

  15. Wonderful story! Directing, writing, cinematography, acting ~ all wonderful!

  16. I realise Italian moms are same as Indian moms 😂

  17. " "I," was created by the thought of Gods and "Their," desire to allow all mortals to know that "They," are always with them: As humankind grows and seeks absolute independence from "Them," "They," will remain by their side, guiding them and directing them, in their growth to absolute "WISDOM," the way to "Their Essence" and the Elysium Fields. As you look out beyond the now, into the heavens, "I" will be there, guiding you and helping you know that "I," be visible or invisible, "My Essence," will guide you beyond all that is sensed in your reality. So, let it be now revealed to you that both "I" and "He," in mortal being, who speaks to you through the thoughts of children are but one. " Eleusis. Let The Light within you guide you to the Elysian Fields entrance; your inner beauty is expected. Follow me, "Imagination is the way." by ELias Leousis.

  18. questa cosa è assurda…non sarebbe possibile! si infrange una delle regole più severe della dottrina cattolica! La confessione è segreta!…una cazzata in tutto…altro che miracolo!!!…

  19. Well if the church ain't the biggest dissolving lump of hypocrisy…

  20. He could do worse. He probably will.

  21. Brilliant movie! Mile grazie, Allan.

  22. Now that is god❤️😂🙏👍🎉🎉

  23. Very good, well written, Excellent casting, so TRUE! AND. very Funny. 😂😎😂

  24. God moves in mysterious ways …

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  26. this italian stereotypical roleplay is just too good 😉 but honestly this is blasphemy itself, disrespectful

  27. what if she didn't leave anything behind . The guy simply picked up his umbrella and left but it's raining outside and the girl stands at the entrance. She sees the guy holding the umbrella. The guy looks back and then looks at the cross on top of church cut to
    last shot of them walking together in rain under the umbrella.
    Grazia

  28. I wish we have Priests like an open-minded Antonio 🙂

  29. Why everyone keep hitting him lmao

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  31. i really love this short film:)))))

  32. well dude gave great advice though

  33. honestly, these languages aren't that different and they could have understood some of each other said by key words… then again I'm parcial on the subject… Nevertheless, great short film!

  34. The scene with the Mom was the best part. The rest was contrived, far-fetched, very predictable and just silly.

  35. I swear the Godfather 2 was filmed around there

  36. This is a truly horrible place..

  37. feel sorry for him when the priest and the mother find out he didn't translate honestly. And you wonder why his mama is still whooping his ass at 30? if he has a dad, Antonio might becoming mysteriously missing and later found deceased

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