The Nun’s Story

Drama | English | 149 minutes


In the late 1920s, Gabrielle “Gaby” van der Mal leaves her wealthy Belgian family to become a nun. After completing her training as a nurse, Sister Luke, as she is now known, is sent to the Belgian Congo to work with the brilliant Dr. Fortunati.  She is then asked to accompany a VIP in his return to Belgium. With World War II imminent, Sister Luke cannot return to the Congo. Belgium is  occupied by the Nazis and her father is killed. Bereft, Sister Luke’s struggle with obedience becomes impossible to sustain. She faces a heart-wrenching decision: should she request  dispensation from her vows?

Audrey Hepburn (Sister Luke) / Peter Finch (Dr. Fortunati)
Why Stream This Film?
The Nun’s Story asks this tormenting question of Sister Luke: Should she remain silent as she has been trained or should she seek dispensation and speak out for what she feels is right?
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 88%
  • Metacritic Score: 78
  • Academy Award Nominations: Best Picture; Best Actress in a Leading Role (Audrey Hepburn); Best Director (Fred Zinnemann); Best Screenplay (Robert Anderson); Best Cinematography, Color (Franz Planer)
  • BAFTA Awards: Winner, Best Actress (Audrey Hepburn)
  • National Board of Review: Winner, Best Film; Best Director (Fred Zinnemann); Listed, Top Ten Films of the Year
    New York Film Critics Circle Awards: Winner, Best Director (Fred Zinnemann); Best Actress (Audrey Hepburn)
Fred Zinnemann’s production is a soaring and luminous film. Audrey Hepburn has her most demanding film role and she gives her finest performance. THE NUN’S STORY has the elements of absorbing drama, pathos, humor, and a gallery of memorable scenes and characters.


A superbly restrained piece of filmmaking, with Zinnemann directing in simple, unadorned style and Hepburn giving a truly radiant performance.
TV GUIDE staff


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