A boozy Broadway actress comes out of a 12-week cure to face the problems of her best friends as well as her needy daughter. She tries to balance the terrors of returning to work with the ... See full summary »
When a dead newborn is found, wrapped in bloody sheets, in the bedroom wastebasket 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 enough to stand trial for the murder of the baby. 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.Written by
Built prior to shooting, the graveyard, crypt, gazebo and vegetable gardens all became part of cinematographer Sven Nykvist's vast visual resources. The director of photography said he approached 'Agnes of God' as if it were shot in black and white. This was necessary, he said, no, only because of the lack of color in the nuns' costumes, but because of the lack of color in the Canadian landscape, which very much reminded him of Sweden. See more »
During the most profound scene where Agnes receives the stigmata, the audio boom is visible for at least five seconds. See more »
In one of her best performances, Jane Fonda plays a psychiatrist who is assigned to deal with a case involving a naive young nun(played by Meg Tilly) who allegedly gave birth to a baby and murdered it in the convent.
While slow and gimmicky at times, the acting and story are enough to keep the film worth watching.
Anne Bancroft also gives a very good performance as the Mother Superior at the convent who is highly skeptical of Fonda's character and profession.
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