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.