6 out of 10.
Premiering in 1985, Harold Pielmeier's well-regarded play about a novice nun (Oscar nominee Tilly) who is suspected of killing her newborn child and how a court-appointed psychiatrist (Fonda) tries to assess her state of mind with the constant intervention of the convent's mother superior (Oscar nominee Bancroft) is transformed into a stilted and protracted film scripted by Pielmeier. Seeing the three terrific lead performances is reason enough to catch this beautifully photographed (by Sven Nykvist) exercise on faith versus logic. The dynamics between the actors and the narrative are generally gripping throughout but an unsatisfying conclusion is a major letdown. Georges Delerue's Oscar-nominated haunting score is another asset of the film.
This is an incredible movie. I really enjoyed it. It is filled with mystery. In the beginning it is hard to know what to believe and at times suspension of belief is needed until the whole truth is revealed. This was made during the time when Jane Fonda was really popular. If it weren't for her role in it, I don't know if the movie would have been as good or done very well in the box office. Also it was my first time seeing Meg Tilly in a major film and she does a great job in this role. A far cry from her role in the Chucky franchise. 4/5. It is definitely good for a one time watch
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