Act of the Heart (1970)
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A woman is led to the edge of madness as she wrestles between her spiritual life and her romantic longings in this unusual drama. Martha Hayes (Genevieve Bujold) is a young woman who was raised in a small rural community. A deeply committed Christian, Hayes moves to Montreal, where she earns a meager wage working with the choir at an Anglican Church. Hayes has also been asked to look after a child with health problems, and when the child unexpectedly dies, she falls into a deep depression. While
Sep 24, 1970 Wide
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Actress Bujold is incontestably a beguiling martyr, alternatingly childlike and womanly. But the force of her radiance is blunted by the conventionality of her role.
There is no grand tragic logic in The Act of the Heart. When I left the theater I simply felt that I'd seen a terrible accident.
While the story is scrappy, leading to a hugely disappointing denouement, the central message is conveyed through some superb acting.
This is a bleak, mundane story which nevertheless stays in the mind, and which ends on a note of high drama.
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