The Nun's Story (Sous-titres français) [Import]
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Story of the inner struggles faced by a nun, the difficulties of obedience and her inablility to forgive the death of her father during WWII.
Genre: Feature Film-Drama
Release Date: 4-APR-2006
Media Type: DVD
Fred Zinnemann's epic drama is a splendid showcase for Audrey Hepburn, who stars as the young nun Sister Luke, who is deeply spiritual yet conflicted about whether or not she can conform to convent life. Though the film is a mesmerizing--and quite leisurely--two and a half hours, its plot is fairly simple--young Gabrielle (Hepburn) enters the convent pledging her life to God, learns the disciplines associated with the life, receives her dream assignment of going to the Congo as a missionary nurse, and once there, is forced to face whether she is meant for the rigorous life of poverty, chastity, and most difficult of all, obedience. The film does a marvelous job of portraying the challenges of cloistered life without being either off-putting or overly romantic. And Hepburn, sometimes with only her eyes, communicates all the drive, faith, and conflict of a young woman so torn. --Anne Hurley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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It is this portion of the movie that may be of interest to Africanists. The scenes set in Congo were filmed there, evidently in Kisangani. There is something of a documentary quality to much of this part of the film: Congolese people at work and play, life around a missionary hospital, colonial officials and uniformed native soldiers, colonial architecture, etc. It is really a sort of window on the past, and while the movie is not about the Belgian Congo, it does give a good idea of what part of the Belgian Congo looked like, and what life was like for the urban inhabitants in the Belgian Congo. As far as I know, this is the only movie you are likely to find in your local video store that has anything like that. Recommended for anyone interested in African history; and the part about the nun and the ex-pat doctor makes a pretty good movie.
This movie was really impressive, on so many levels. The Congo part was very cool, and I'm really glad it wasn't in black in white, because who would want to mask those colors?
I should have bought this movie sooner, and I would absolutely place this movie in my top three favorite Audrey movies. I might even say it's my favorite. I didn't watch this movie thinking about the religious aspects of the film, because I'm not really religious myself. I watched it with the story in mind, and I thought about how amazing everyone was in this movie.
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This is an excellent movie in which Audrey Hepburn demonstrates the turmoil felt by a nun committed to religious life yet stifled by its rules. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Classic Movie Fan
I've known very little about the life of nuns. This story reveals the motivation and challenges of some of the women who choose to serve God in this manner. Read morePublished on Oct. 5 2013 by George Jones
I like Audrey Hepburn, having the desire to become a nun in the 60s, I was drawn to this story. Ms. Hepburn performed a believable role, and I have empathy for her choices. Read morePublished on June 2 2013 by Lynda
An old, but good movie that was purchased for my mother-in-law who enjoys old movies with great stories to watch. Based on a true story makes it one great movie to watch.Published on Jan. 2 2013 by Risé
We were worried about buying such an old movie but it looks like it has been fixed up (re-mastered?)
Excellent quality, oldie but goodie, at a great price. Read more
I remember watching this movie when it first came out and then anytime I saw that it was on TV and so I just had to have my own copy. Read morePublished on July 26 2012 by mater
In Bruges, in 1930, a bright and willful young woman (Audrey Hepburn) enters a convent and undergoes rigorous training for the religious life. Read morePublished on Sept. 1 2010 by Kona
The entire movie, I thought she was going to marry the doctor in Congo, and then she doesn't! The end was much too solemn. Read morePublished on March 31 2004 by marlene954