Mona, a young student of law in Frankfurt, Germany, is the daughter of a highly successful lawyer. Her future is planned neatly. Graduation and partnership in the family chambers. Marrying ...
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Mona, a young student of law in Frankfurt, Germany, is the daughter of a highly successful lawyer. Her future is planned neatly. Graduation and partnership in the family chambers. Marrying Marco (a lawyer as well) and going on a trip to Japan for their honeymoon. But then the law firm is appointed to sort out a case where the windows of a cloister church were damaged by playing children. Mona meets quite a different world and the plans her family made for her suddenly seem like a straightjacket. She decides to take a few days off and stay as a guest at the abbey. She enters a world that subsequently draws her in and leads her to question her beliefs and those of her family. When she has to decide whether she actually wants to enter the novitiate, everything comes crashing down around her.Written by
You'll see many nuns in this TV film, and the setting is an Abbey near Frankfurt, Germany. But it is fact not a film about the cloister, not even about the church. It is a film about questioning your place in life.
I have been there, done that. No, I did not take up the veil, nor am I catholic, but I did take the long and stony path of a conversion (a jump into quite a different non-Christian world, equal to Monas way from the non-religious world to a nunnery). This film is true on so many levels that it would take its running time to recount them. I have felt the elation, the amazement, I have had moments of deep despair, I have met resistance of family and of new sisters (and brothers) in faith ("What does *she* want here...?"). I have questioned my own motives and wishes and those of others, and find all this portrayed by Kathrin Kühnel. The story keeps twisting and turning and you are not sure until almost the very last minute where Mona will go. All is told while mostly avoiding the usual clichés and with some rather unusual and interesting camera-work and cuts. The moment this comes out on DVD, I'll buy one.
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