Act of the Heart

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Movie Info

Zealously devout Christian Martha (Geneviève Bujold) arrives in Montreal to assist widowed mother Johane (Monique Leyrac) with the care of her ailing young son, Russell (William Mitchell). Martha lives with a monastic simplicity, spending her free time singing with a church choir, despite being surrounded by wealthy people. Life becomes more interesting when she develops a crush on handsome priest Ferrier (Donald Sutherland) -- but a spiritual crisis pushes her to make a dangerous confession.

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Geneviève Bujold
Martha Hayes
Donald Sutherland
Father Michael Ferrier

Critic Reviews for The Act of the Heart

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (2)

  • 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…
  • 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 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 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…
  • This is a bleak, mundane story which nevertheless stays in the mind, and which ends on a note of high drama.

    January 31, 2011 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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