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Act of the Heart

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

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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.

January 31, 2011 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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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.

January 31, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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While the story is scrappy, leading to a hugely disappointing denouement, the central message is conveyed through some superb acting.

January 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Film4
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This is a bleak, mundane story which nevertheless stays in the mind, and which ends on a note of high drama.

January 31, 2011 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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