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Agnes of God (1985)

PG-13 | | Drama, Mystery | 27 September 1985 (USA)
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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Anne Pitoniak ...
Dr. Livingston's Mother
Winston Rekert ...
Detective Larry Langevin
Gratien Gélinas ...
Father Martineau
Guy Hoffmann ...
Justice Joseph Leveau (as Guy Hoffman)
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Monsignor
Françoise Faucher ...
Eve LeClaire
Jacques Tourangeau ...
Eugène Lyon
Janine Fluet ...
Sister Marguerite
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, but the child dies and Agnes retains no memory of the event. 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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27 September 1985 (USA)  »

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Agnes de Dios  »

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Trivia

The movie was nominated for three Academy Awards in 1986 but failed to win a statuette in any of the trio of categories. See more »

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During the most profound scene where Agnes receives the stigmata, the audio boom is visible for at least five seconds. See more »

Quotes

Doctor Martha Livingston: Suppose the saints would have smoked if tobacco'd been popular back then?
Mother Miriam Ruth: Undoubtably. Not the ascetics, of course, but, well, St. Thomas More.
Doctor Martha Livingston: Long, thin, and filtered!
Mother Miriam Ruth: St. Ignatius would smoke cigars and then stub them out on the soles of his bare feet. And of course all of the apostles?
Doctor Martha Livingston: Hand rolled.
Mother Miriam Ruth: Even Christ would partake socially.
Doctor Martha Livingston: St. Peter?
Mother Miriam Ruth: Pipe!
Doctor Martha Livingston: Right!
Mother Miriam Ruth: Mary Magdalene?
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Career Performance For Tilly
3 January 2002 | by (Maui) – See all my reviews

The incredible performance by Meg Tilly is what makes this movie repeatedly watchable. She seems almost possessed by this role and entirely believable. She makes the innocent, spiritual and fantasy like world that this strange young nun lives in, appealing. One can find yourself almost being envious of the purity of the world that Agnes experiences. The performances of Jane Fonda and Anne Bancroft are also very good. The debate and tension that flows between them is interesting as each forces the other to take a deeper look at themselves, their pasts and to confront the reasons for their chosen paths in life. Also these women represent the two sides of one of the main dilemmas in the film and the one that we the viewers are left to wrestle with. Is Agnes better off in her cloistered, innocent world where Mother Miriam wants to keep her or would it be better for her to become more aware of the realities of the outside world with all it's diversity and possibilities that Doctor Martha Livingston thinks she should know. The tension between these two characters is not without it's humorous moments as well. It's never easy for a psychological drama to have to sort out the inner darkness of a troubled individual in the course of a two hour film but this one does better than most. Those that need answers spelled out plain, simple and clear cut are of course frustrated by the ending but enough is presented here to allow one to draw conclusions and yet leave room for thought and speculation, which makes for a far more compelling way to part from a story.


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