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The Nun's Story (Sous-titres français) [Import]


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  • Actors: Audrey Hepburn, Peter Finch, Edith Evans, Peggy Ashcroft, Dean Jagger
  • Directors: Fred Zinnemann
  • Writers: Kathryn Hulme, Robert Anderson
  • Producers: Fred Zinnemann, Henry Blanke
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Release Date: April 4 2006
  • Run Time: 149 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E1MXSW


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By JLind555 on April 12 2002
Format: VHS Tape
"The Nun's Story" is probably Audrey Hepburn's best film and by far the one which shows to best effect her enormous acting talent. It is the autobiographical tale of Sister Luke, a very young Belgian nun, who enters the convent at age 17 for specifically the wrong reason: her doctor father refuses to let her marry the young man she loves because there is insanity in his family background. She won't admit to him, as she is too young to admit it to herself, that her underlying reason in entering the convent was to spite her father, who believes women have a duty to marry and have children, but he is powerless to oppose her in this; he can prevent her from marrying her fiance, but who is he to defy God? Sister Luke, as played by Hepburn, wins us over instantly: she's generous, open-hearted, all or nothing, trying and failing and trying again, expecting too much of herself, wanting to fit in to the routine of her cloister, but feeling stifled by its constraints. The atmosphere of the convent is brought so vividly to life that we feel the conflicts pulling her in opposite directions: the peace and serenity that are embodied in the Reverend Mother Emmanuel (Edith Evans is so great in this role that she doesn't seem to be acting at all), and the incessant weight of seemingly arbitrary and nonsensical rules and regulations that attempt to crush all individuality and spontaneity. The pivotal conflict arises in the first half of the movie, when Sister Luke is asked by her Mother Superior to fail a qualifying examination for a nursing post in the Congo so that a less gifted nun can have her place, and Sister Luke has to make a choice: her failure will be a gift from God, but her success in the examination will win her a position in the Congolese hospital where her talents can be most fully utilized.Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ein Kunde on Sept. 11 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Based on a true story, "The Nun's Story" is basically a movie about a young woman (Hepburn, as Sister Luke) who struggles with her decision to become a nun. The movie is set in the years prior to and during WWII, and it was made in 1959. Most of the movie takes place in Belgium, but about a fifth of the movie is set in the Belgian Congo (later Zaire, now Congo again), where Sister Luke is sent to work as a nurse in a hospital -- her desired assignment all along, but one that she had to wait for. There she works with a brillant but difficult doctor (Peter Finch) who has his own demons to battle. Their strained relationship is the emotional crux of the story.
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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Feb. 3 2002
Format: VHS Tape
THIS FILM IS A TRUE STORY....IN FACT, THE REAL SISTER LUKE, WHOSE NAME WAS MARIE-LOUISE HABETS NURSED AUDREY HEPBURN THROUGH A SERIES OF ILLNESSES. KATHRYN HULME, WHO WROTE THE BOOK, IN REAL LIFE WAS IN CHARGE OF THE UNDERGROUND NURSING STAFF TO WHICH SISTER LUKE WENT TO AFTER SHE LEFT THE CONVENT.....THE ACTING WAS GREAT AND KEPT ME MESMERIZED... THE FILM IS BASED ON ACTULAL EVENTS THAT THE REAL SISTER LUKE EXPERIENCED DURINT HER TIME IN THE CONVENT...... WHEN I WATCHED IT. I FORGOT THAT I WAS WATCHING A MOVIE..............IT IS LIKE LOOKING INTO ANOTHER PERSON'S SOUL.... THERE IS A GOOD BIOGRAPHY OF AUDREY WHERE FURTHER DETAILS CAN BE READ.......ALSO, YOU SHOULD READ THE NUN'S STORY....IT WOULD BE WELL WORTH YOUR WHILE.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Motychko on Sept. 21 2008
Format: DVD
I knew Audrey had acting talents, but you can see why she chose this role to identify herself when all she had under her belt were romantic comedies.

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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By George Jones TOP 100 REVIEWER on Oct. 5 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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. I watched this movie with mixed emotions. I could understand the passion to serve God purely and completely, but I couldn't understand the belief that only by completely eradicating personal expression and desire is it possible to serve God with one's entire being. It seems to me to dehumanize a woman. I felt that particularly during the scene where one of the nuns is murdered at the Congo medical compound. Forgiveness, yes. Complete suppression of normal emotion, no.

The acting was outstanding. The sets, especially in the Congo, were believably constructed. The story line was difficult for me at times, as I've mentioned. For insight into the demands of a nun's life, especially before the ministry of nuns expanded into what it has become today, this is a good movie.
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