“It isn’t hard to relinquish a dream if it’s God’s will. Yes? ” – Sister Margaret
Number of Times Seen – 1 (5 Jun 2019)
Brief Synopsis – Two nuns arrive in a small New England town and propose to build a children’s hospital with the help of the locals.
My Take on it – This is another film that I had never heard of before coming across it in my quest to watch all films featuring Oscar nominated performances.
The story is presented really well and they show how the mere appearance of two strangers to a small New England town can make such an impact on things.
This is especially true when their journey is meant to make a poignant change in the world as a whole and on this small community specifically.
Loretta Young and Celeste Holm are both superb as the nuns and really shine in these role.
Young was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her work here.
Holm, along with Elsa Lanchester (who plays an eccentric local painter who befriends and welcomes the nuns into the community) were nominated for Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.
I realy enjoyed the way that they make this story feel like a modern day fairy tale and that really hits harder as we slowly learn the circumstances that brought these nuns to this place because it adds so much of a harder impact on everything that happens.
The plot of this film is filled with some nice twists and turns along the way that help raise the level of suspense because we want them to find a way to succeed, it all of the hurdles along the way keep making things seem impossible.
This is first and foremost a film about having faith; faith in others and also faith in the world that whatever you do is going to somehow work out for the best no matter the path. Recommended!
Bottom Line – Interesting film that is able to show how the appearance of two women trying to make a change in the world can affect everyone in the town in a very poignant way. Young and Holm are both great as the nuns and make us believe that they are truly doing pure work. Along with Lanchester, Holm and Riley all were nominated for Oscars for their work; Young for Best Actress and both Holm and Lanchester for supporting actress. Really liked the way that the story of how they came to this particular place to build their hospital feels like a fairy tale or myth and that adds so much more to the impact of this story. The plot is filled with some nice twists and turns that raise the suspense level of things even if the story is pure drama. This is truly a film all about having faith. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In 1950 Fox announced plans for a sequel called “A Spark in the Night” that would reunite Loretta Young and Celeste Holm as nuns toiling in the aftermath of the Hiroshima bombing, but it was never filmed. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)
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