This is a story of a nun who has to overcome a lot of obstacles. Her dad has hard times understanding her. She is a great student in the science of tropical medicine. At last, when she is assigned there, she comes to discover that she is working in the European instead of the native hospital.
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As impressed as I was with the acting and the directing I felt a little frustrated by what felt like a rather secular take on an explicitly religious story. Sister Luke came across as a deeply human person doomed to live up to the expectations of a strict religious order, without any grace or divine assistance. Perhaps my criticism betrays optimistic religious leanings, but this film felt too starkly realistic.
To articulate the emotional conflict of a young woman torn between wanting to follow the discliplinary pratices of becoming a nun and the almost natural and effortless pang to rebel is not easy. In this role,
Ms. Hepburn essays a character that is absolutely compelling, throwing herself headlong into the role and in the process delivering a performance that is one of the most unaffected I have seen.