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(Dec 01, 1986)
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RIVETINGTerrifically moving and convincing By Vincent Canby, The New York Times The film, "Mother Teresa" was made by Ann and Jeanette Petrie, sisters who produced and directed it as a team. They honor their subject without turning her into a sentimental icon. The film offers biographical materialbut mostly the film is about the woman today, and these sections are riveting, disturbing and occasionally funny. With all of her apparent innocence and serenity, Mother Teresa has a firm unstoppable willThe Mother Teresa discovered by the Petries is no vaguely motivated do-gooder. She's a woman of formidable, awesome faith, which is at the root of everything she does even when she's receiving an honorary degree from Harvard. "Many people," she says at one point, "mistake our work for our vocation. Our vocation is the love of Jesus". Unlike those who are irresistibly drawn to Mother Teresa as a media figure, the Petries appreciate her priorities. --Vincent Canby, The New York Times
MARVELOUS Successfully moves the spirit and lifts the soul By Daniel Ruth, The Chicago Sun Times Five years in the making, "Mother Teresa" is a brilliant documentary. This is not just a study of an individual's struggle against poverty, hunger and sickness. It also is a reminder that in this terrifying world, goodness and hope remain for all of usDuring this 81 minute film viewers will get to know not just a symbol of virtue, but also a real human being capable of stubbornness, political savvy and engaging humor. ..The film "Mother Teresa" follows the nun, troubled by a heart condition, on her many travels around the world. She is shown meeting with world leaders, crossing a battle zone in Beirut to help trapped children, and cleaning out a building for the order in San Francisco. The film "Mother Teresa" deserves whatever accolades it receives. --Daniel Ruth, The Chicago Sun Times
Top Customer Reviews
A major message of the film is that small acts done with great love reveal the power of God and bring Christ in our midst, Who is present in the poor and lonely. We don't need to travel overseas to love the poor. We need only to walk down the road and really see a stranger's need, call a relative we have forgotten or snubbed, visit a nursing home. A nun once told a seeker who had asked how a person can know if they love God. She replied, think about the person you hate the most, for that is how much you really love God our Father. Mother Teresa confronts us with both our weaker and stronger selves. Let this film be a means of grace for you.
This movie changed my life. You will see what God's love working through one person can do to change the world. Buy this one!
Van in New Mexico
I would also recommend the sequal to this film, also published by the Pietre's.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A bit dated, but acceptable for classroom instruction -- and you can't beat Richard Attenborough as a narrator!Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Best documentary of Mother Teresa I've ever seen. Absolutely inspiring.Published 7 months ago by Joseph Moreshead
An excellent biography of this wonderful woman. The DVD is superb.Published 10 months ago by MichaelGD
What a fabulously done documentary of Mother Teresa's life and work and faith and impact. Well-done Richard Attenborough. I could watch this again and again. Read morePublished 11 months ago by SGD
This tape is wonderful, the quality was perfect. I showed it to a class of 6 graders who loved it. They were so inspired, even though they had very little previous knowledge about... Read morePublished 11 months ago by PAMELA
The life of a saint - a real dedicated hardworking visionary fighting for the poorest of the poor. The documentary gives tremendous and an honest insight into Mother Teresa and... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Noreen P Duggan