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5.0 out of 5 stars A film I keep learning from, 8 Mar 2011
This review is from: The Nun's Story [DVD] [1959] (DVD)
I first watched this film in my native Mozambique in 1969. It was the first time I saw Audrey Hepburn and perhaps because I had just come into puberty I fell in love with her and I guess I am still in love with her and in particular with nun she portrays in this film.

I have seldom seen such purity and honesty in acting. Being a Catholic, I have had the privilege to meet many nuns and priests and to discuss many things, religious and otherwise, with them, and I find this film peopled with absolutely credible characters. Inevitably, however lofty your purpose might be in life a nun or a priest is still a human being and therefore open to temptation and sin.

This film manages to convey all that with flowing subtlety while suggesting the underlying tensions of the surrounding world - be it in Africa or in Europe - and the impact they have on the pursuit of faith.

Audrey was never better and the same has to be said of Peter Finch and Mildred Dunnock. But ultimately the highest accolade of all has to go to Fred Zinnemann for an impeccable direction and for the intelligent treatment of a subject matter that could have easily slipped out of control.

It was a film well ahead of its time when it came out in 1958, it remains timeless today, and it carries that greatest lesson of all, regardless of your faith: To thyself be true.
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