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. [show more]
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Brenda Blethyn stars in this comedy drama about a graduate wishing to join a closed order of nuns. With her graduation looming, Joanna (Emily Beecham) shocks her friends, family and boyfriend by revealing her lifelong desire to become a nun. Arriving at the Benedictine convent, however, Joanna soon wonders if she's made the right choice after all when she's confronted by an odd collection of characters including a mentally-deranged Mother Superior (Susannah York), and a free-thinking politically active novice, Sister Ignacious (Blethyn). Nevertheless, over the coming weeks as Joanna begins to bond with her fellow sisters, she begins to realise her own spiritual needs, leading her to examine her beliefs as never before, and propelling her into an unforeseen destiny.