In This House of Brede

Book cover: 'In This House of Brede'
Copyright: 
1975
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VCI Home Video
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This film, originally made for British television, is based on the novel In This House of Brede by Rumer Godden. It is an admirable portrayal of a woman entering a cloistered Benedictine Abbey relatively late in life and how she learns to love all - the lovable and the "unlovable" for the sake of Christ. While the glimpses of the outside world (of the 1970s) are somewhat dated in appearance - clothing, hairstyles, etc. - this actually enhances the concept of the timelessness of the religious life and of the Church (this is further highlighted by the beautiful Gregorian chant music heard throughout the film). The story is beautiful, but a little complex, and will probably be best appreciated by teens and adults.

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95 min., Color, Starring Diana Rigg

Review Date: 
6-23-03
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