- Actors: Brenda Blethyn, Emily Beecham, Susannah York, Rita Tushingham, Pauline McLynn
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Region: All Regions
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Guerilla Films
- DVD Release Date: 16 Aug. 2010
- Run Time: 109 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- ASIN: B003G47HY4
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,584 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
The Calling 
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Joanna is about to graduate from University with her whole life set up for her but she has decided to face up to a truth she has been avoiding her whole life. Since she was small, she has had the desire to become a Nun. She is set on joining a closed order of Benedictines. Her best friend cannot believe it, her boyfriend is devastated and her mother feels it s just a phase. The only encouragement she gets is from the family s religious housekeeper, Consuela When she finally gets to the convent, the liberalism of a politically active Novice Sister, Ignatious and a bunch of women with border-line mental illness, including a psychotic Mother Superior an alcoholic football fan in charge of the vineyard, an over-pious floor mopper, Sister Hilda to name a few at first makes her wonder if she s following the right path after all but as she gets to know the Sisters and the enormous community bond they all share and the spiritual love that connects them she starts to see glimpses of her own spiritual fulfillment. Several weeks into her vocation she discovers something in herself which brings a whole new series of secrets out into the open until eventually the bond she has with Sister Ignatious dictates and assists in her destiny.
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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.
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