1930s’ Poland. 10-year-old Karol Wojtyla has dreams, many dreams. One by one they are shattered. First, by the loss of his beloved mother and brother. Then, by the outbreak of the war and the death-fleeing human exodus which ensued. And finally, by the first signs of the Jewish persecution. These events will mark the start of Karol’s long journey from worker, to poet and teacher. A journey full of encounters that eventually leads him to become a priest and finally, in 1978, to become the man we all now know, a man who has marked an era, a man who has made history as Pope John Paul II. (Description by Amazon.com)
Disclaimer: Karol: The Man Who Became Pope (2005) depicts the occupation of Poland by Nazi Germany (and later the Soviet Union) fairly accurately. This can spark many discussion points. However, because of a few distressing—though realistic—scenes, this movie can be upsetting for younger watchers.
Runtime: 3h 6min
Cast: Piotr Adamczyk, Malgorzata Bela, Ken Duken
Director: Giacomo Battiato
Writer: Giacomo Battiato, Gianfranco Svidercoschi