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When a naive novice nun is discovered with a dead newborn in her convent quarters, a court appointed psychiatrist investigates her case.

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Dr. Livingston's Mother
Winston Rekert ...
Detective Langevin
Gratien Gélinas ...
Father Martineau
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Françoise Faucher ...
Eve LeClaire
Jacques Tourangeau ...
Eugène Lyon
Janine Fluet ...
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Deborah Grover ...
Sister Anne
Michele George ...
Sister Susanna
Samantha Langevin ...
Sister Jeannine
Jacqueline Blais ...
Sister David Marie
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At a convent, fragile, unearthly Sister Agnes gives birth (she says it's a virgin birth), but the child dies. The police soon are involved because of the death of the baby. However, the main conflict is between Mother Superior Miriam Ruth, who wants Agnes left alone, and Dr. Martha Livingston, a psychiatrist determined to help Agnes gain a stronger grasp on reality and uncover any wrongdoers. Written by Reid Gagle

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What unspeakable crime took place behind the third floor window? Only Agnes knows. And Dr. Martha Livingston is the one person who can unravel the mystery.


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Agnes de Dios  »

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Amanda Plummer won the 1982 Tony Award (New York City) for Supporting or Features Actress in a Drama for "Agnes of God". See more »

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Mother Miriam Ruth: [about Sister Agnes] I am saying that you have a beautifully simple woman here.
Doctor Martha Livingston: An unhappy woman.
Mother Miriam Ruth: She's happy with us, and she could go on being happy if she were left alone.
Doctor Martha Livingston: Then why did you call the police in the first place, Mother, huh? Why didn't you just throw the baby into the incinerator and be done with it?
Mother Miriam Ruth: Because I am a moral person.
Doctor Martha Livingston: Bullshit.
Mother Miriam Ruth: Bullshit yourself.
Doctor Martha Livingston: The Catholic Church doesn't have a corner on morality.
Mother Miriam Ruth: Who said anything about the Catholic Church?
Doctor Martha Livingston: You just did.
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Fascinating character piece

In the world of movies in the eighties, Agnes of God is a true wonder : an intelligent film that carries more than one idea AND has its funny moments, beautiful cinematography, incredible casting, the most intense dialogue and some heavy drama. Jane Fonda has never been better. She builds a sensitive, complex character who has to deal with much more than she was originally willing for (her childhood, her faith, her identity, her age, Anne Bancroft as a controlling, protective nun, Meg Tilly as a supposed murderess of her own baby, and also a nun). The three actresses play beautifully together, immersed in a magnificent wintery Canadian landscape. This is American cinema at its best.


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