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NOT the film I thought it would be - much better,
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This review is from: The Calling [DVD]  (DVD)
The trailer indicates that this film is about a young girls religious quest to join a convent, and appears to focus on the spiritual torment aspect....
Ok, the film manages this in part, but to be honest the film is lighter than I expected it to be, and what's more it WORKS. There isn't any comedy as such, no slapstick, but you can find humour as the stories of the slightly wierd nuns enfolds as the tale progresses.
It begins with a narration which is quite acerbic and funny in parts, and ends with the narrator, and you find out WHO she is telling the tale to. In between this, you have a girl with a brain tumour, convinced she has a calling, wanting to join a local nunnery. The nuns are not what you would expect, far more worldly than expected, but each with a personal sorrow or pain in their backgrounds, which slowly revelas itself throughout the film.
It's engaging, there are a few twists ("Oh so THAT'S what they were talking about...") and there is a definite conclusion to the film which appeals to the religious as well as the non-religious.
If you are expecting serious and austere, then you will be disappointed. If you want a more truthful account of someone's path to their calling, then this is the film for you - and wonderfully it was locally funded, as you will see from the titles.
A delight to watch, and I am glad I bought it.