Sister Helen

2002, Documentary, 1h 30m

13 Reviews 250+ Ratings

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After losing her sons to drug addiction, recovering alcoholic Helen Travis becomes a Benedictine nun, and uses the lessons from her past to open a center in New York City for addicts trying to recover. Sister Helen is at the helm of the center, combining her stringent approach with rare moments of softness, which are documented in Rob Fruchtman's candid portrayal of her relationship with the men who surround her. Obstacles arise in the form of relapses and drug tests, but Helen is resilient.

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  • Apr 20, 2010
    [font=Century Gothic]"Edvard Munch" is a pseudodocumentary about the famed Norwegian painter who worked and lived in the last part of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The film is performed by actors but there are also "interviews" conducted with the characters. The film illuminates Munch's work perfectly beyond his most famous work "The Scream" but it also lingers too long on the social structures of the time in Norway.(One of these days I would love to see a movie about happy people in Scandanavia.) It is understandable that it would show some personal material on Munch, but it is a bit too much to keep up with all the social entanglements of his circle of friends.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic][color=navy]"Sister Helen" is a documentary about Sister Helen Travis who ran a halfway house for recovering addicts in the South Bronx. Helen Travis was a feisty and cantankerous woman in her sixties who had previously lost her sons and husband because of addictions(she herself used to be quite the drinker) and became a nun at a late stage in her life. She was seeking to[/color] [color=navy]give[/color] [color=navy]the kind of care to these addicts that she was unable to give to her own family before. I found that she was a very courageous person for operating this kind of center(some of the men had been in prison before). "Sister Helen" also illuminated me to the nature of addiction, in that there never seems to be a simple recovery process.[/color][/font]
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