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The catalyst for the intense drama that follows is this scene One exasperated monk trying to instill discipline in a beloved orphan boy conjures up a rule He exclaims You must NEVER climb this stairway to the atticThe monk Brother Francisco is the dominant parent-figure among the twelve Italian Franciscan monks in an Hispanic land who have adopted the youngster Marcelino at infancyMarcelino being a child curious mischievous climbs the stairs In the attic what he finds there how he responds ultimately forces the humble bewildered monks to confront the mystical center of their faithIn many ways this film subtly emanates the very spirit of St Francis of Assisi Its as if I am glimpsing what Francis must have been like as a joyous child and as a soul early in life opening to Love The aptly named Brother Francisco eagerly embraces the abandoned infant nurtures him as Francis would do for the varied creatures of nature The films Brother Francisco is fittingly the first to witness an extraordinary occurrence in which Marcelino is involvedEven if you are not Christian the purity generosity exuberance of this boy might touch you His deep-felt yearning to have a mother to know his own mother stirs my heart It might be wise for adults to be on hand if children watch this film Some aspects could be misinterpreted promoting unnecessary fear of loss or even of God
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