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This review is from: The Nun's Story [DVD]  (DVD)
In Bruges, in 1930, a bright and willful young woman (Audrey Hepburn) enters a convent and undergoes rigorous training for the religious life. As Sister Luke, her dream of serving as a nurse in the Belgian Congo is finally realized, but she develops a life-threatening illness. When she eventually returns to the strict confines of the mother house, her years-long struggle to follow the rule of obedience and the outbreak of WWII bring about a crisis of conscience.
I first saw this movie in 1960 and it had a huge effect on me; I'm glad to say I found it just as powerful today. It is a deeply reverential look at traditional religious life and a fine character study of a young woman who strives to conform to the restraints of her vocation. Audrey Hepburn is so young and serenely beautiful and shows great emotional range; I'm sure she inspired many girls to consider religious life.
Partially filmed in Belgium and the Congo, the movie is beautiful and timeless. It is adapted from Kathryn C. Hulme's source novel which was based on the life of a real nun. Highly recommended.