A priest(Luca Zingaretti - Inspector Montalbano) attends his new parish only to find the church empty, the locals uninterested and their children rude and abusive.
He very gently sets about winning over first the children, by providing them with a place to play and learn, and then works on their parents. The church slowly becomes the focal point of the community and very quickly ends up full with standing room only.
There's a heavy Mafia presence in the community but the priest stands up to them and encourages his parishioners to do the same. He does this effectively and suffers the consequences as the antagonism grows between him and the Mafia.
Based on a true story, the ending is truly heart-rending.The acting is superb all round, the children in particular are very genuine and believable.
The character of the priest is in keeping with the benign and virtuous Monatlbano and Zingaretti gives a powerful performance in this truly wonderful movie
This movie is a must have for any Inspector Montalbano or Luca Zingaretti fan