Sunday, 25 January 2009
At a Catholic school in New York in 1964, Meryl Streep is the feared Nun at odds with Philip Seymour Hoffman's Priest whom she accuses of acting improperly with a schoolchild.
Set almost entirely within the grounds and rooms of the school, the film depicts the discord between traditional religious beliefs against progressive religious views and contrasts the austere lives of the Nuns versus the chummy comfort of Priestly life. The audience observes the central conflict driving the story and is left to reach its own conclusions or doubts about where the truth lies.
This film, based on the Pulitzer Prize winning play which I saw a few years back at the Sydney Theatre Company, is superbly written and acted. Unsurprisingly, the four key performers all have been nominated for Academy Awards.