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The idea of the author, who also wrote the screenplay, was to draw a parallel between the crisis of a young Anglo-Indian singer who became pregnant by a musician friend in London, and the loss of faith experienced by Mother Teresa in Calcutta, revealed by her correspondence after her death. 

The script alternates between scenes from the present day, in which the young Kavita returns to India to escape her family, and scenes from the past, which tell of the vocation of the famous Albanian sister at the bedside of the dying. From then on, the two stories must be brought together to achieve a form of transmission, a spiritual liberation. But because it's directed with a certain panache and performed so well by the two lead actresses, it's a real crowd-pleaser. Better still, if for a moment there was a fear of a faith-based film (a genre gaining ground in the United States without crossing borders) with an anti-abortion message, fortunately, the film proves to be more subtle than that. It's about stifling traditions and aspirations for freedom, deep doubt and self-sacrifice, all linked in a way that can speak to everyone.

Norbert Creuz

www.letemps.ch

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