MY 100TH WATCHED FILM OF THE YEAR
While not at all an easy watch, definitely a worthwhile one. There's an oppressive, sometimes almost suffocating sadness to much of the film, which I feel effectively sets the mood, and serves to highlight the incessant mental anguish faced by Sister Luke. Hepburn plays this role in one of her more understated, yet no less effective performances - increasingly frayed and tense, yet rarely allowing the emotions bubbling so close to the surface to see the light of day. Her story is directed in a spartan, minimalist way, not unlike the lives of these nuns, and makes for an engaging watch. I won't be putting it on as a comfort film, but it was an effective and powerful experience.
also... the scene between Hepburn in the hospital bed and the monkey trying to look through her notebook is one of the most delightful things in cinematic history