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The excellent idea of this biographical film is to tell the story of Mother Teresa (Jacqueline Fritschi-Cornaz) through the eyes of a contemporary character, Kavita (Banita Sandhu), a young London violinist of Hindu origin. The idea of drawing parallels between the destinies of these two women ensures that the film does not become a textbook biopic, simply recounting the life of a famous person, as is all too often the case. This is a question of an original quest onto which the issue of abortion is grafted. Here again, while the film could easily have lapsed into demagoguery with its religion-charity-abortion cocktail, it manages to remain intelligently balanced, fair and touching.

In the end, Indian-born Vevey director Kamal Musale can pride himself on having paid a fine tribute to the work and person of Mother Teresa while telling his own, particularly touching story. We hope that the Hollywood industry, fond of these heroic, authentic characters labelled "taken from a true story", will take a leaf out of his book.

 

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