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Academy Award winner Audrey Hepburn stars in this moving true story of adedicated nun who grows from an idealistic girl to a diligentcaretaker--but who cannot maintain her vow of peace when her country isdevastated and her father murdered by the Nazis.]]>
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The main character, Sister Luke, is brilliantly portrayed by Audrey Hepburn, who captures, in expression particularly, the intense struggle of one whose dedication is enormous, but (to borrow the words of Dr Fortunati) cannot "fit the mould." In an era when nuns were not to admit, even to themselves, that professional achievement played any part in their choice of convent life, yet where (it is apparent) one who was not a nun had no chance for such positions as nursing supervisor in the Congo, the conflict depicted is absorbingly intense. Sister Luke is a brilliant and extremely devoted nurse, yet, while her faith is clear, she obviously is one who is accepting the (for her, extraordinary) burdens of vowed life for the sake of the nursing opportunities.
From the beginning, the young nun who expresses her personal motto as "all or nothing" is in conflict with the obedience demanded by her Order's Rule, and specific practise of which, as some of the conversations, particularly those with the Abbess, bring forth, seem much at odds with the demands of the apostolic work (for example, having to observe silence when one is working a night shift in a hospital.Read more ›
This a long and very introspective film that is not for everyone. It contains a detailed look at life in a Belgian convent and a Congo hospital in the years before WWII which may bore some people. Also some of Audrey's fans looking for her as Princess Anne or Sabrina Fairchild or Holly Golightly may be disappointed to find only the determined, reserved, and prideful Sister Luke. (Although Audrey does make radiant looking nun.) The length, the slowly paced style, the subject matter, and the unusual role for its star have combined to keep it off the list of Audrey Hepburn's best known films.
Personally, I think this Audrey's greatest dramatic performance and maybe her best performance ever. She very ably conveys Sister Luke's inner conflict between her oath as a nun and her duties as a nurse, daughter, and Belgian citizen. That she is able to do so in a film that has long stretches where there is no dialogue is remarkable. She was nominated for Best Actress for this role, and she more than deserved to win, but came up short. "The Nun's Story" illustrates that Audrey Hepburn certainly had the ability to flesh out dramatic characters and that she was more than just a charming and beautiful woman in a Givenchy outfit. She was a great actor as well.
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Great story, great acting and a picture of life in a convent. Loved itPublished 1 hour ago by LaVern Long
We love Audrey Hepburn but this was not one of her best films. It is based on a true story so I guess it gives you a glimpse of what nuns must go thru; however, we found it to be... Read morePublished 8 hours ago by Tammy
I saw this movie for the first time when I was a child back in the 60's and I saw it in black and white. Read morePublished 2 days ago by margaret
This film gives us a view into the life of a Catholic nun as it was years ago. Audrey Hepburn is excellent in the role of a young girl entering the convent. Read morePublished 8 days ago by J. J. Prietto
Audrey Hepburn ; plays a strong part as a young nun : who has trouble : with the nun's rules
others in the movie plays very good parts also
I grow up watching the... Read more
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The transfer to DVD is marred in the beginning with the warner bro. logo of the original missing. The Nun's Story begins with the bells, then a white warner logo against black appears and the bells continue. This is all missing in this DVD transfer. Hopefully it will be restored by Criterion or... Read More
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