It is the 16th century. The Catholic Church has expanded throughout the new continent, Nueva Espana. New monasteries are being built, but the missionaries' Holy cities are threatened by forces unknown: the earth shakes, buildings collapse, nothing is spared. The devout seek protection by strengthening their faith, some even willing to sacrifice themselves. One hundred years later, poverty forces young Angelica into God's service against her will. Rebellious, Angelica tries to escape into the outside world, closed behind the convent's doors, sealed by her vows. As punishment, Angelica is confined to her cell where she is haunted by the spirit of Sister Luciana. The ghost, a nun entombed one hundred years in the convent walls, compels Angelica to free her trapped soul. To release Luciana, Angelica must persuade the nuns to leave the convent and pray in the open, but to leave the cloister is expressly forbidden. Unable to convince her superiors that her visions are nothing more than ... Written by
5 December 2003 (USA)
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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The film was shot in a Spanish mission from the 18th century, which is believed to be inhabited by at least 12 ghosts. During the shoot the script supervisor (Elisa Forni
) could never use the Polaroid camera inside the mission: even though she used the flash all the photos turned out completely black. She had no problem taking the pictures outside. During a night take the first shooting day, the costume designer ('Sarah Fleming') saw a window unlatch and open on its own. See more
[to Sor Angelica
You will know my torments in your own flesh.
The colonial period in Latin America gave rise to many stories about monastic life. one of these legends says that nuns sacrificed themselves by being walled in alive, because the pureness of their soul would prevent the walls of the convent from crumbling during earthquakes. Mummies of nuns have been found in several convents, buried between walls. See more