#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – When a dead newborn is found wrapped in bloody sheets in a wastebasket in the bedroom of a young novitiate, psychiatrist Martha Livingston is called in to determine if the seemingly innocent novice, who knows nothing of sex or birth, is competent to stand trial for the baby’s murder. While searching for the answer that her supervisors want, Dr. Livingston finds herself inevitably drawn into searching for the truth about the baby’s conception and death. Despite the lack of cooperation that she receives from her own organization and the church itself, she eventually discovers more than she may have bargained for.
Plot: When a dead newborn is found, wrapped in bloody sheets, in the bedroom wastebasket of a young novice, psychiatrist Martha Livingston is called in to determine if the seemingly innocent novice, who knows nothing of sex or birth, is competent enough to stand trial for the murder of the baby.
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Such a good movie.
Having seen this movie for the first time when I was 15 or so, and having no idea what I was watching, I was in for some great viewing when I watched it again 20 years later.
The cast, needless to say, is stupendous. Jane Fonda, the late Anne Bancroft, and a fledgling Meg Tilly, back in a time when movies with just women actors were unheard of, especially dramas.
The plot of the movie orbits around a crime. In a convent, in the middle of a cold Canadian night, a scream in the darkness uncovers an unconscious Nun, Agnes(Meg Tilly), coverd in blood. After she is taken away the mother superior(Anne Bancroft) finds, to her horror, a dead baby in the waste paper basket in Agnes’ cell.
Leary of sending a Nun to prison the Candian legal system assigns a psychiatrist (Jane Fonda) to Agnes to determine that Agnes is insane and to have her committed.
We soon find out, the Agnes, very young, innocent, and iggnorant of the ways of the world, had no idea that she was pregnant, how she became pregnant, or how anyone becomes pregnant. Agnes often is spoken to by someone she calls “the lady”, as well as her dead mother. There are plot twists, and faith based happenings, and possible psychological explanations to things that happen in this movie to the point that would leave anyone guessing.
I believe this movie to be a hidden classic. The acting is superb, and seamless. The only thing I would question in this movie is the directors decision to make Jane Fonda’s character (Dr. Martha Livingston) smoke so much. It is clear that Ms. Fonda did not smoke at the time, and she handles the cigarettes awkwardly at times.
Meg Tilly, however, is the light of this movie. She displays a John Malkovich ability to act seemingly crazy, but somehow not, at the same time.
Anne Bancroft, when is there ever anything to say about her, other then utter perfection.
The end of the movie leaves the watcher to make his or her own decision. Is Agnes insane? Or was she brutilized horribly by some man that managed to sneak into the convent. Why did the Mother Superior not tell everything she knew sooner? Truly a wonderful piece of film!
A question of faith comes down to what is in your heart, not what is in your mind.
The rustic Montreal suburb setting adds a sense of mystery and awe inspiring spiritual power as court appointed psychiatrist Jane Fonda questions the alleged baby killing nun Meg Tilly over a horrific crime. Mother Superior Anne Bancroft is seemingly supportive, but she has her secrets too, slowly revealed through intimate conversations with Fonda whose faith has dwindled down to nonexistent years before.
The Broadway play this was based on was a masterpiece of stage drama, and in opening up the play to film has not improved its power, just made it more accessible to audiences. The three ladies are all superb, creating characterizations that will stick in the viewer’s minds long after the film is done. Tilly is fragile, nearly child like, obviously suffering from a potential complete mental collapse, and at times, she is heartbreaking to watch. There’s no soul visible through her pale skin and empty eyes which thanks to the photography and lighting, adds to her look which makes her mystery all the more compelling.
The two veteran Oscar winning actresses, Bancroft and Fonda, are commanding together, each individually creating characters that are powerfully written and pain stakeingly developed. With Fonda, it’s easy to see that she’s acting, never at one moment making you forget who she is as a star and actress. But Bancroft disappears into the role of the Mother Superior so tightly that you really believe that she is her character, and her conflicted belief system as it is revealed makes her all the more powerful to watch.
It’s the small quiet moments between Fonda and Bancroft that stand out, even though the more fiery ones are intensely gripping. Bancroft is alternately funny, compassionate, sarcastic, judgmental and stern, and watching her switch from one mood to another without batting an eyelash is sensational. No wonder she got the leading actress nomination for this, and it is a difficult choice between her and the actual winner, Geraldine Page, who ironically originated this role on Broadway.
The direction of the legendary Norman Jewison keeps this moving at a tight and tense pace, and in editing the play down to 96 minutes, it has compacted what could have otherwise seemed to Stage a or melodramatic into something more intimate and compelling. Obviously the right choices were made in transferring this from stage to screen, and 35 years later that makes this one of the most powerful film adoptions of a hit Broadway play ever.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 38 min (98 min)
Genre Drama, Mystery
Director Norman Jewison
Writer John Pielmeier
Actors Jane Fonda, Anne Bancroft, Meg Tilly
Country United States, Canada
Awards Nominated for 3 Oscars. 1 win & 5 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Laboratory Metrocolor, USA
Film Length 2,700 m (Sweden)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm