Joanna is about to graduate from University with her whole life set up for her but she has decided to face up to a truth she has been avoiding her whole life. Since she was small, she has had the desire to become a Nun. She is set on joining a closed order of Benedictines. Her best friend cannot believe it, her boyfriend is devastated and her mother feels it's just a phase. The only encouragement she gets is from the family's religious housekeeper, Consuela. When she finally gets to the convent, the liberalism of a politically active Novice Sister, Ignatious and a bunch of women with border-line mental illness, including a psychotic Mother Superior, an alcoholic football fan in charge of the vineyard, an over-pious floor mopper, Sister Hilda to name a few at first makes her wonder if she's following the right path after all but as she gets to know the Sisters and the enormous community bond they all share and the spiritual love that connects them she starts to see glimpses of her own ... Written by
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Did You Know?
Unlike her first two screenplays, Gypo and Ruby Blue, which were written in prose format with a predominantly improvised dialogue, every line of dialogue in The Calling is scripted. She handed one scene to Brenda Blethyn
and Rita Tushingham
to edit down whilst in make-up, from a long eight minute sequence to just a three minute scene, not wanting to take the responsibility of cutting any of her much admired actress's lines. See more