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The Act of the Heart

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Director  Paul Almond
Budget  450,000 CAD
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Country  Canada
6.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama
Music director  Harry Freedman
Writer  Paul Almond
Language  English
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Release date  25 November 1970 (USA)
Initial release  September 24, 1970 (Canada)
Cast  Genevieve Bujold (Martha Hayes), Donald Sutherland (Father Michael Ferrier), Monique Leyrac (Johane Foss), Claude Jutra (Party), Gilles Vigneault (Coach Ti-Jo)
Similar movies  Genevieve Bujold appears in The Act of the Heart and Between Salt and Sweet Water

The Act of the Heart is a 1970 Canadian film written, directed and produced by Paul Almond.

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Synopsis

Martha Hayes (Geneviève Bujold) is a devoutly religious young woman from Québec's Côte-Nord who fancies herself as some kind of a saint. She has come to Montréal to serve as a nanny to Russell (Bill Mitchell), the son of a widowed business woman (Monique Leyrac).

Martha joins a church choir and becomes attracted to Father Michael Ferrier (Donald Sutherland), an Augustinian monk who has selected her to sing solo in an interfaith concert. Russell accidentally dies. Martha suffers a crisis in faith and to Ferrier declares her love for him. Ferrier reciprocates and leaves the order so they can live together with Martha singing to support them. She is tormented by guilt for betraying her profound religious principles she immolates herself on a hill (Mount Royal) overlooking Montréal.

Comment

The second of three films by Almond featuring Bujold, it aroused considerable difference in opinion upon its release, but it stands nonetheless as a profound statement on the universal themes of ritual, sacrifice and purification. A disappointment at the box-office, it nevertheless won six Canadian Film Awards - including Direction (Almond) and Lead Actress (Bujold). ‘Act of the Heart is the first Canadian feature film that compares in artistic quality and importance with the best of our literature, painting and music.’ – John Hofsess, Maclean’s.

References

The Act of the Heart Wikipedia
The Act of the Heart IMDb The Act of the Heart themoviedb.org


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