Thunder on the Hill ★★★

"If I could only be sure that in changing my life I've succeeded in changing my self."

A doubting nun is trapped with a murderer on death's row during a flood; in consoling the condemned, the nun vicariously traverses her own crisis of faith. Do our acts and our performance affect our self, our soul? How do we redeem ourselves when we've fallen from grace? Or, in more secular terms, how do we live with ourselves when we've done something wrong; how do we redeem ourselves to ourselves?

This splicing of a religious crisis with a personal crisis falls apart a little bit and is reduced to the smaller conflict without resolving as much of the larger as I'd like, but the journey is great even if the destination leaves something to be desired

Douglas Sirk

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