Sunday, April 5, 2009

"In this House of Brede"

Here's a convent movie with a happy ending! "In this House of Brede" by Rumer Godden is a fictional tale of a late-in-life vocation that was shown on the Hallmark Hall of Fame. I thought it was sensitive in every way and compelling in its realistic portrayal of convent life. A worldly London business-woman hopes to "escape" by becoming a Benedictine nun. But she finds jealousy, past hurts, affection, and pride are part of everyone's life. She gently conforms to the rule first out of obedience, then out of genuine love. There are important lessons about friendships, because community life challenges them to love all sisters equally.
The scenery is beautiful, and the movie was filmed on location at genuine convents in London and Ireland (with some limitations of television technology in 1975). Film is good for all ages. I recommend the book, of course, because the movie doesn't exactly follow the book nor have its depth (for older students).

1 comment:

Vivien said...

I loved this movie, how not to with Diana Rigg acting superb as usual. The only unfortunate thing was, in general, the rather poor quality of image and sound.
The understated expression of the two nuns affection for each other was something that gave most part of the film its subtle beauty, a real joy to see.
I hope that technology can give us a better copy of this movie one day.