Film, Action and adventure

Time Out says

It's 1854, and Maria (Bettis), soon to become a nun, is evacuated from plague-ridden Catania in Sicily to the opulent villa near Mt Etna shared by her loving father (Castle) and manipulative stepmother (Cusack). Here Maria meets Nino (Schaech), a family friend whose passionate love prompts a conflict between her instincts and her vocation. Finlay plays a nasty priest, and Redgrave a crazed nun. A full-blown very unpersuasive Zeffirelli melodrama, lamentably performed, with so many poorly framed wide-angles and zooms that no two shots seem capable of being edited together smoothly.


Release details

106 mins

Cast and crew

Franco Zeffirelli
Allan Baker, Franco Zeffirelli
Angela Bettis
Jonathan Schaech
Sara-Jane Alexander
John Castle
Valentina Cortese
Sinead Cusack
Frank Finlay
Dennis Quilley
Vanessa Redgrave
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