22 November 2006 | glciii
Church of Sinners
The Catholic Church is a church of sinners. Every Christian, in fact, is a sinner struggling to become a saint. The Lady of Monza is one such sinner. That's why the movie is riveting, because everyone identifies with the hypocrisy, the cover-ups, and everything understandably expected of in a regimented life as the nunnery. It is a well defined movie. It knows what it is telling about. At the end of the day, the nun is locked up, or rather appears to be entombed, inside what seems to be an ecclesiastical dungeon. This is the redeeming virtue of the movie: Crime must be punished. Never mind if the nun is the Mother Superior. Never mind if she is a lady with connections to the Royal Court of Madrid. The characters are tri-dimensional. Each one prepares his own bed. This, per se, makes the film so irresistibly captivating in its brilliance. Like it or not, this film deserves a flat 10 pure and simple.