Restless Heart: The Confessions of Saint Augustine
Screenplay byFrancesco Arlanch
Sebastian Henckel-Donnersmarck
Story byGianmario Pagano
Directed byChristian Duguay
Music byAndrea Guerra
Country of originItaly
Original languageEnglish
ProducersLuca Bernabei
Matilde Bernabei
Martin Choroba
Franco Coduti
Saverio D'Ercole
Franz Esterhazy
Chris Grabowski
Krzysztof Grabowski
Golli Marboe
Vincenzo Mosca
Daniele Passani
CinematographyFabrizio Lucci
  • Lorenzo Fanfani
  • Alessandro Lucidi
Running time205 minutes
Original release
Release31 January 2010 (2010-01-31)

Restless Heart: The Confessions of Saint Augustine (distributed in the US as: Augustine: The Decline of the Roman Empire, Italian: Sant'Agostino) is a 2010 two-part television miniseries chronicling the life of St. Augustine,[1] the early Christian theologian, writer and Bishop of Hippo Regius at the time of the Vandal invasion (AD 430).[2][3][4]

This series was directed by Christian Duguay and was shot on location in Tunisia.


In 430 AD, in the besieged city of Hippo, the seventy year-old bishop Augustine tells Jovinus, a captain of the Roman guards, the story of how his Christian mother, Monica, saved him. Born in the North African city of Thagaste, Augustine studied in Carthage, becoming an accomplished but dissolute orator. After converting to Manichaeism, a guiltfree religion, he was called to the imperial court in Milan to serve as an opponent to the Christian bishop Ambrose. But when the Empress Justina sends imperial guards to clear out a basilica where Augustine's own mother is worshipping, he is won over to Christianity. Back in Hippo, Augustine urges the Roman garrison to negotiate with the Vandal King Genseric, but they proudly refuse. At that point, he too, passing up a chance to escape on a ship sent to rescue him by the Pope, stays by the side of his people.


See also


  1. ^ Lux Vide:Augustine - The Decline of the Roman Empire Archived 2019-03-06 at the Wayback Machine, 25.12.09
  2. ^ "St. Augustine premieres on the big screen".
  3. ^ "Restless Heart: The Confessions of St. Augustine". 27 August 2012.
  4. ^ "St. Augustine Larger than Life in 'Restless Heart' - Christian Newswire".