Biographic movie about a woman that took the choice of being a nun. It feels authentic, believable and real and the acting is top-notch - with a whopping seven future-or-past Academy Award winners. Gorgeous design also help, but I thought we never really came under the skin of the leading character. Audrey Hepburn really tries but this is the fault in the script and not the actress.
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.
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.