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Encrucijada para una monja (1967)

M/PG | | Drama | March 1970 (USA)
During an uprising in the Belgian Congo, a convent of nuns are besieged and the Reverend Mother is killed and Sister Maria is raped. Returning to Belgium, Sister Maria finds out to her ... See full summary »

Director:

Julio Buchs

Writers:

José Frade (idea), Federico De Urrutia (story) | 16 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rosanna Schiaffino ... Sister Maria
John Richardson ... Dr. Pierre Lemmon
Mara Cruz Mara Cruz ... Lisa
Ángel Picazo ... Fr. Raymond
Paloma Valdés ... Sister Blanche
Lili Muráti ... Mother Claire
Lex Monson Lex Monson ... Nangu
Margot Cottens ... Madeleine
Andrés Mejuto ... Michel
Wilhem P. Elie Wilhem P. Elie ... Isaku
Claudia Gravy ... Yvonne
Lorenzo Terzon Lorenzo Terzon ... Jean
María Fernanda Ladrón de Guevara ... Mother Superior
Antonio Pica ... Officer
Alicia Altabella Alicia Altabella ... Sister Genevieve
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Storyline

During an uprising in the Belgian Congo, a convent of nuns are besieged and the Reverend Mother is killed and Sister Maria is raped. Returning to Belgium, Sister Maria finds out to her horror that she is pregnant. Rejected by her family and her sister, she is told by the Vatican that she is supposed to either give the baby to the church and still be a nun or keep the baby and leave the order. This film follows her decision. Written by Christopher

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Could she leave her world of peace to return to the world of violence?

Genres:

Drama

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M/PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

Spain | Italy

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

March 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Nun at the Crossroads See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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interesting oddity
25 February 2000 | by michael.willSee all my reviews

This one I saw at my small town theatre as a kid, mid-week during the summer and with about five other people there. I've never met another human being who's ever seen it. It starts out, to the best of my memory, very excitingly, as a missionary convent in the Congo tries to hold its own as the terrifying rebellion starts closing in. As with all films dealing with this episode of history (SIMBA, SAFARI, SOMETHING OF VALUE) things get very bloody, with everyone except the pretty leading lady savagely massacred (very traumatizing stuff during that SOUND OF MUSIC-SINGING/FLYING NUN era, especially for a young non-Catholic who figured all nuns were cute saints.) The graphic spearing of the mother superior still shows up in my nightmares. The young novice is raped and left to die, but is eventually rescued and taken back to Rome. From there it's thoughtful soap opera, the young woman emotionally torn between giving up the impending child for adoption (her uppercrust family tells her they don't want "a little Mau-Mau hopping around") or leaving her life's calling and facing life as an unwed mother. At the time I was merely disappointed by the screeching halt of the action, but it's funny how this completely forgotten dubbed-for-the-drive-ins fare has stuck with me, complete with its moral issues that were very daring for their time. I wonder if it'll ever surface.


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