The Prodigal Son? Vito Bonafacci Searches For Truth |Movies|


“For what does it cost a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul?” Mark 8:36

Vito Bonafacci is dealing with the ultimate spiritual crisis. Is he truly a man deserving of Heaven or is his life destined for Hell?

In this catholic faith based film written, directed and produced by John Martoccia, Paul Borghese plays Vito Bonafacci, a very well off business man, who enjoys what any rich man would — all the evils of the world, with none of the regrets – until now.

Joya Campbell offers a few thoughts on the film:

“Am I good person?” is the essence of Vito Bonafacci’s spiritual dilemma throughout the movie. Everything that once was crystal clear to him no longer is. Vito questions everyone and everything around him. To his gardener, played by Louis Vanaria, he is a great guy who always looks out for him. To his wife, played by Tisha Tinsman, Vito is a man she vows to love for rich or for poor.  Yet, it’s the  haunting voice of his mother (played Emelise Aleandri) that lingers, telling him to “return to the path of life”.  In hopes of a resolution, Vito contacts his childhood priest, Father Ricahrd Dellos (himself), that leads Vito to confession and conversion. Father Dellos has helped Vito towards a better life and a real chance of winning.

Although I can’t say I’m the biggest fan of this film – I do believe it brings up a good question: Do you know where you’re spending eternity?


Opens on Today in Manhattan.

Written, produced and directed by John Martoccia; director of photography, Patrick Wells; edited by Ingmar Cederstrom and Mr. Wells; music by Joseph Prusch; released by Cavu Pictures. At AMC Loews Village 7, 66 Third Avenue, at 11th Street, East Village. Running time: 1 hour 37 minutes. This film is not rated.

WITH: Paul Borghese (Vito Bonafacci), Tisha Tinsman (Laura Bonafacci), Emelise Aleandri (the Mother), William DeMeo (Father La Golbo), Louis Vanaria (the Gardener).