We’ve been there before, but some can’t stop drinking from this well. Take Shannon. Time to grow up, Molly. In a recent interview about the film, she bemoaned her years in Catholic school, recalling how she was programmed to think "how sex was so bad." She now considers herself enlightened, though from the sound of things it is apparent that she is still working through her adolescent rage. This is so trite.
This just goes to prove, one more time, that Hollywood is utterly incapable of making a movie about traditional Catholics that is not wholly stereotypical. Now that Sony—a studio with a history of anti-Catholic films—has acquired the rights, look for us to say much more when this flick hits the big screen.
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This year there are two nun-bashing movies to pick from. Hollywood’s farm team, as represented by the Sundance Film Festival—the largest source of independent movie hopefuls—continues to mimic the all stars in Tinseltown by sticking it to Catholics.
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24, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ — Bill Donohue comments on the Sundance Film Festival’s latest attack on the Catholic Church: NEW YORK, Jan.
The Los Angeles Times describes the movie as "a hotbed of horny activity," featuring "a wicked trio of mean-girl nuns who drop more expletives than Hail Marys, get drunk on sacramental wine and think nothing of assaulting the hunky new handyman."
Variety calls Sister Alessandra "a spoiled brat," a victim of her rich dad who can’t afford to pay her dowry. One reviewer summed her up this way: "She’s a brooding, cunning, unrepentant savage of a Sister, quick to burst into tirades of profanity and violence." Sister Genevra is the resident busybody, constantly sticking her nose in where it does not belong. Sister Fernanda is "the party girl," a foul-mouthed queen always ready for a fight. Having found no suitor, she takes refuge in a convent, using her father’s influence to get accepted.
Father Tommasso is an alcoholic simpleton who is exploited by the nuns—they overhear each other’s sins while waiting to go to confession, and then recycle them when it’s their turn. Oh, yes, the good father has sex with the Mother Superior (played by an aging Molly Shannon). As expected, Mr. Handyman, who plays a deaf-mute, is seduced by the oversexed nuns.
Many, however, are dead, and those who plundered on are not exactly beaming with joy. Not the kind of film that is likely to attract Sony. Perhaps Sundance will host a film about all those sexually free souls who threw restraint to the wind. It prefers to deal with sadistic sisters.
The Mother Superior at the Tennessee convent is described by one Variety critic as "brittle" and "sadistic"; another reviewer for the publication calls her "merciless." "Novitiate" is a religious drama about nuns during the early-mid 1960s, when the Second Vatican Council was in session. The movie plays off the tensions between the more traditional Church and a new wave of reforms ushered forth by Vatican II.
Viewers are introduced to three young nuns, their Mother Superior, a priest, and a servant. Obviously, all are depraved, in one way or another. This film is set in medieval Italy, though none of the characters evinces an accent.
It is trash, pure trash. "The Little Hours" makes "Novitiate" look tame.