The Nun's Story

Synopsis: In 1930, in Belgium, Gabrielle van der Mal is the stubborn daughter of the prominent surgeon Dr. Pascin Van Der Mal that decides to leave her the upper-class family to enter to a convent, expecting to work as nun in Congo with tropical diseases. She says good-bye to her sisters Louise and Marie; to her brother Pierre; and to her beloved father, and subjects herself to the stringent rules of the retrograde institution, including interior silent and excessive humbleness and humiliation. After a long period working in a mental institution, Gaby is finally assigned to go to Congo, where she works with the Atheist and cynical, but brilliant, Dr. Fortunati. Sister Luke proves to be very efficient nurse and assistant, and Dr. Fortunati miraculous heals her tuberculosis. Years later, she is ordered to return to Belgium and when her motherland is invaded by the Germans, she learns that her beloved father was murdered by the enemy while he was helping wounded members of the resistance. Sister Lu
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Fred Zinnemann
Production: Warner Home Video
  Nominated for 8 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 15 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
149 min

Do not fret about your veils.

You will soon learn to dress

without mirrors.

As you will learn tomorrow

when we start studying the Holy Rule...

which governs our life

here in the community...

one of the first conditions

is the rule of silence.

Exterior and interior silence.

We observe the Grand Silence

from after chapel at night...

until after chapel in the morning.

We will go now into chapel

for evening prayers.

Dear children, you will have five days

of instruction and preparation...

before you are formally admitted

as postulants by the Superior General.

We constantly strive toward perfection

by inner silence.

The ultimate goal of this silence...

is to make possible

constant conversation with God.

Therefore, we do not talk loudly...

nor do we engage

in useless conversations.

We close doors quietly.

Whenever possible,

we use a kind of sign language.

This means,

"May I have permission to speak?"

This means, "Excuse me."

Shall we try it?

We do this to attract a sister's attention.

Just the sleeve.

We never touch another sister, of course.

We use signs, particularly during meals.

We, of course,

never ask for things for ourselves.

Each sister is alert to the needs

of her fellow sisters.

In walking, dear children,

we never saunter...

as though we had no place to go.

Nor do we hurry.

When we walk

through halls and corridors...

we practice humility

by walking close to the walls.


Tomorrow, in the chapter hall...

the Superior General will admit you

formally into the congregation.

And you will begin

your six months?terms as postulants.

The Reverend Mother Emmanuel

represents Christ among us.

And as such she is loved

and obeyed by us.

What do you ask, my children?

To be admitted into this congregation.

Arise in the name of God.

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