Brother Sun, Sister Moon


Plot – Francesco, son of a rich merchant, is a cheerful young man. When Perugia and Assisi start a war, Francesco takes part in it, but returns home wounded and broken in his spirit. After a long meditation, moved by the love for poor and humble people who visit his father’s shop, he renounces to his material goods and retires in a small church dedicated to San Damian. He is joined by many of his friends and by the 14-year-old Chiara and together they decide to live on charity. In the end, Francesco meets the Pope, who will kneel before him.

Movie Info

Title Brother Sun, Sister Moon

Original title Fratello sole, sorella luna

Year 1972

Director Franco Zeffirelli


Top 12 Quotes of “Brother Sun, Sister Moon” Movie

“We are not a regiment of priests for whom the sacred vow of chastity is the discipline. We are just a band of men who simply love God, each according to his own capacity.”
Graham Faulkner – St. Francis of Assisi

“- St. Francis of Assisi: I want to be a beggar! Yes, yes a beggar. Christ was a beggar, His Holy Apostles were beggars. I want to be as free as they are.
– Pietro Di Bernardone: But Your Grace, even beggars show respect to their fathers!
– St. Francis of Assisi: I’m not your son anymore. What is born of flesh is flesh, what is born of spirit is…”
Graham Faulkner – St. Francis of Assisi
Lee Montague – Pietro Di Bernardone

“Come and let yourselves be built as living stones into the spiritual temple.”
Graham Faulkner – St. Francis of Assisi

“In our obsession of original sin, we too often forget original innocence.”
Alec Guinness – Pope Innocent III

“- St. Francis of Assisi: What have the judges of men to do with me. God is my only judge!
– Consul: Unfortunately, he isn’t around to help us out.”
Graham Faulkner – St. Francis of Assisi
Adolfo Celi – Consul

“- Bishop Guido: So what do you want?
– St. Francis of Assisi: I want to be happy, I want to live like the birds in the sky. I want to experience the freedom and beauty that they experience.”
John Sharp – Bishop Guido
Graham Faulkner – St. Francis of Assisi

“- Bernardo: I want to help you
– St. Francis of Assisi: Words, words Bernardo. There was a time when I believed in words.”
Leigh Lawson – Bernardo
Graham Faulkner – St. Francis of Assisi

“Father! I wanna share the joy with you. Our treasures are in heaven not here on earth, don’t be a slave of these! Throw it all away! Do as I do, it’s so simple, be free!”
Graham Faulkner – St. Francis of Assisi

“- Paolo: You just saunter out of your house one fine morning and pluck God out of the air as easily as catching a butterfly. It’s all too simple.
– St. Francis of Assisi: If what you say is true then the Holy Father will point out errors in my faith.”
Kenneth Cranham – Paolo
Graham Faulkner – St. Francis of Assisi

“- Bernardo: War’s a serious business.
– Giocondo: Such profoundity, Bernardo.”
Leigh Lawson – Bernardo
Nicholas Willatt – Giocondo

“Do you remember me? I’m Clare… People say you are mad, do you know that? When you went off to war they said you were fine, intelligent – and now you are mad, because… because you sing like the birds, you chase after butterflies and… you look at flowers. I think you were mad before, not now.”

Judi Bowker – Clare

“If the purpose of life is this loveless toil we fill our days with, then it is not for me.”
Graham Faulkner – St. Francis of Assisi