The Nun’s Story (1959) Rated PG

nun's storySister Luke struggles with her faith through crisis, disappointments, and WWII.  Based on the novel by Kathryn Hulme. Starring Audrey Hepburn, Peter Finch, Edith Evans, Colleen Dewhurst.

This remarkable, heart-rending film reveals the inner struggle of a young nun as she tries to be worthy of her calling.  It is perhaps the strongest performance of Hepburn’s career, as she strives to be obedient to the Lord and to serve her order and others, while constantly fighting against her human desires and perceived failings, particularly her pride.

She joins the convent to serve as a missionary in the Congo, only to face many trials and temptations while there.  Ultimately, she is forced to leave and to serve elsewhere at the outset of WWII.  Again, her personal convictions stand in the way of her religious duties, and she must make a difficult decision.

Nearly flawless in writing and execution, this film will haunt you long after it is over.  It is definitely worth a watch.

(Editor’s note:  This is one of my all-time favorite movies.  It will leave you feeling raw and emotionally spent in the most wonderful way, as only a truly great film can do.)

 

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