Sunday, 16 December 2007

Parish Cinema

Just back from our Young Adults group. Normally we have prayer and discussion (I'm thinking about taking up the Holy Father's suggestion and focussing on Spe Salvi in the new year). Tonight, though, 12 of us (including a Hindu!) watched a DVD - The Nun's Story. This is one of my favourite films, mixing plenty of exterior action with Sister Luke (Audrey Hepburn)'s interior struggle against her pride. Although she does not persevere in the end, both she and the nuns come across very well. One of the leitmotifs of the film is particularly striking: 'You can cheat your sisters but you cannot cheat yourself or God.'

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Anonymous MichaelP said...

Dear Father Nicholas

I have just discovered your blog and really enjoy it. The Nun's Story is also one of my favourite films and I have read the book many times. There is a great deal of depth in both book and film. I am a parishioner at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Christchurch New Zealand. Keep up the great blogging!

8:52 am  
Blogger GB in GB said...

Dear Father Nicholas
Thank you for your writings. I am still trying to get the hang of this so forgive the intrusion if this is in the wrong place but I have no idea how to contact people here. We share similar interest (Elvis) and if you'd kindly post an Elvis blog perhaps we could chat there. Kind regards, Ann

9:16 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now that the religious life for women is, for the most part, so dramatically changed, don't you think the young people who watched this film will see it, and the model of the Church it presents, as unreal and anachronistic? The 1950s is another world.

11:38 am  
Blogger Fr Nicholas said...

The young people loved the film. The film is obviously set in a particular place and time (Holland/Congo in the 1930s) but that doesn't make it any the less powerful as a film of spiritual struggle. Some members of the group are thinking of a religious vocation and they especially found it interesting. To be relevant a film doesn't have to be set in contemporary times!

2:07 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh must get it & take a look..Happy christmas in advance Fr..i really enjoy your posts..

7:08 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my boys loved the nuns story but hated when she had to fail the exam. Another favourite is The Cardinal especially the scene where he saves the blessed sacrament from the hitler youth.

8:43 pm  
Blogger Mary Jane said...

I loved the book as a young girl. As far as the film, I just wished I looked like Audrey Hepburn and was quite disappointed when the nuns I would see on the street (we weren't Catholic) didn't look at all glamourous.

5:12 pm  

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