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
To prepare for her role as psychiatrist Dr Martha Livingstone, actress Jane Fonda met with forensic psychiatrists to observe several hypnotisms as well as to get a sense of their work and the kind of training they go through and what kind of medical profession psychiatry is, and what psychiatrists do on a day-to-day basis. 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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