The amazing and inspiring life of St. Joseph Benedict Cottolengo (1786 –1842) is beautifully depicted in this full-length feature film. Joseph was the firstborn of twelve children. Struggles with his own health and schooling made him an unlikely candidate to become one who would bring relief and healing to thousands.
“Cottolengo” is a beautiful portrayal of relying on God and keeping faith. It focuses on the true story of Joseph Benedict Cottolengo and his compassion for others. Cottolengo becomes a priest and helps the sick during a Typhoid epidemic in Turin, Italy, in the mid-nineteenth century. He travels to his brother’s home, Luigi, also a priest, to find rest and relief. Massimo Wertmuller does a splendid job portraying Joseph. Massimo Benelli is quite good as his brother Luigi.
The story focuses on Guiseppe’s (Joseph) cheerful nature, and how he always relied on God to provide and sustain his work of helping others. At one point his hospice provides for many, many sick people and the need for funds is constant. Yet the money always comes just in time.
This wonderful film, based on true events, will inspire viewers everywhere. We are pleased to award it our Dove “Faith-Friendly” Seal for ages 12+. “Cottolengo” is a film with plenty of heart.