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Not the Catholicism, Saints, or monasticism I have been drawn to.
on September 23, 2015
I was initially drawn to this film by the reviews, but ended up being disappointed. I am not sure what the intended approach of this film was, whether the producer wanted to portray a negative, neutral, or positive view of nuns, monks, Catholicism etc. Doing what I can to learn more about the Catholic faith over the past couple years, this film stands out as one of the ones I liked the least. I did not find the acting convincing at all, but that aside, I also did not find the movie to be in line with other books, movies, documentaries, or experiences that I have had. I have been on a few monastery and convent retreats, and they were wonderful. Even if the film's intended aim was to portray the church negatively, I found the acting to be lacking. I did not find the nuns or monks convincing at all.
As a side note, some works about the saints and the church that inspired me are: The Reluctant Saint, Into Great Silence, God's Doorkeeper, Mark Twain's book on Joan of Ark, The Passion of Joan of Arc, The Secrets of St. Therese, Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer (a good film about the Orthodox faith), Monsieur Vincent, and A Man for all Seasons. I have watched a lot more, but these are some of my favorites. The Catholicism series by Father Barron is really excellent as well.