Mickey Rourke stars in this story of the passionately mystical life of St. Francis of Assisi. Amid the tumult and savagery of 13th-century Italy, Francesco, the decadent son of a wealthy merchant, experiences a stunning religious awakening. He renounces his life of debauchery and begins an all-consuming quest for spiritual purity. Italian writer-director Liliana Cavani's docudrama also stars Helena Bonham Carter as Chiara/St. Clare.