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Synopsis: 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 spiritual fulfillment. Several weeks into her vocation she discovers something in herself which brings a whole new series of secrets out into the open until eventually the bond she has with Sister Ignatious dictates and assists in her destiny.


Comedy / Drama


NR - Treat as PG-13



Run Time

109 min minutes


Brenda Blethyn (Sister Ignatious)
Emily Beecham (Joanna)
Susannah York (The Prioress)
Rita Tushingham (Sister Gertrude)
Amanda Donohoe (Trish)
Chloe Sirene (Vivie)
Susannah Harker (Sister Ambrose)
Pauline McLynn (Sister Hilda)
Corin Redgrave (The Bishop)
Justin Salinger (Father Kieren)
Joanna Scanlan (Sister Kevin)
Harriet Thorpe (Consuela)

Directed by

Jan Dunn

Written by

Jan Dunn

Produced by

Elaine Wickham


Edinburgh International Film Festival - UK - 2009

Trailblazer Award for Best Actress (Emily Beecham)

London Independent Film Festival - UK - 2009

Festival Prize for Best Actress (Emily Beecham)

Country of Origin

United Kingdom

Production Year


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