Here is a companion thread to the Was Anon a Nun? exploration of monastic music, I’d like to hear about the best and worst films featuring monks, nuns and monasteries.
I don’t doubt that there are some real stinkers. I wasn’t too keen about The Name of the Rose. A sophisticated novel became a rather superficial film. But there are some very fine films too. And it’s certainly not just nuns having fun.
A few examples. Xavier Bavois’s Of Gods and Men: a group of Trappist monks in Algeria face the threat of terrorist extremists. The Innocents: in the aftermath of WW2, a French doctor in Poland discovers a convent where many of the nuns are pregant after being raped. And, also filmed in black and white: Ida. A young, Polish nun about to enter orders goes off on a roadtrip with her bohemian aunt to delve into her family’s history. And hears jazz: Naima by John Coltrane to be more precise.
All genres welcome: comedies, tragedies, ,musicals, animated. And all denominations too: Buddhist warrior monks particularly welcome.
Interpret my request as broadly as you wish. However, a film about Thelonius is perhaps pushing the envelope a little too far?