But it is well done, it is impactful and the performances are grand. Although it does show the worst that could happen to a girl, forced into the religious life by her family, the bad parts are over done, she was confrontational, as she did not want to be there at a time when women were expected to obey but the torture or the unwanted "love" go beyond any punishment deserved. A lot of blame is placed on the "Catholic church" and it is portrayed as an evil institution, but if you peel back the layers you find it is not the church but people in general and their evil deeds using the church, after all it was her own mother who put her in the convent, her sisters who felt jealous, it was family who did not want to support a girl, or made the child go into religious life thinking it would earn them points in heaven, no one in her family actually loved her etc.. at any rate it was very rare to have a girl committed to a convent and forced to take vows, mostly they kept them at novice level until they decided, or at least they would have kept her from a public ceremony (becoming a nun is very public, all family is invited because it is a wedding), and she did agree even if coerced, she did take the vow, something that was taken very seriously. Not saying there are not evil people like in St. Marie's convent but those are not nuns or Godly women, those are criminals and psychos and there is a special place in hell for them, for the most part the Catholic church is filled with a lot of self sacrifice but a lot of joy goes into devoting your life to service, be it as a teacher, nurse or just cloistered nun depending on the order and this movie does not show that nor the deep love for GOD, many of the people who join the church are well educated and go into the religious life willingly and are treated with respect and loved by their peers, this movie portrays everyone as emotionally disturbed freaks. I wish every single girl found dead and wasted on drugs on a back alley or every little girl who becomes a sex slave would have a chance to serve in a convent and be taught by kind older females. The Catholic church is one of last frontiers santan has, so I guess that is why a lot of movie makers attack it. The ending is sudden and incomplete as if they got tired and ran out of ideas, they do not explain or at least give an hint of what her half brother plans to do, he also looks like a freak. The people in the movie did not start happy, they had no happy times during the movie and at the end they finished just as miserable. This movie is mostly another excuse to try to malign Christianity and how some people choose to practice it. I did give it extra stars for the costumes and setting because they are gorgeous, I found myself, rewinding just to look at them in the habits, those with red at the end are stunning and in a group impressive. Nuns are beautiful. p.s. This film is a re-make of a 1966 from a novel by Denis Diderot.