In this New York Times Critic’s Pick, the lovely and lithe Natascha McElhone, with her Pre-Raphaelite locks, plays a Maltese spinster who keeps house for her brother, the local priest. His death opens the door to a new life when she decides, from the safety of the confessional, to masquerade as her brother’s successor. Her pithy, common sense advice is a huge hit with parishioners, especially the women. The confidence she acquires publicly, however, much to the shock of her 1980s provincial village, awakens long dormant desires that flower with the buoyant charm of a modern fairy tale.
“In a movie where the central theme is a divorce from orthodoxy, the writer and director Valerie Buhagiar makes the wise decision to orient her film toward what’s pleasurable rather than what’s logical.” — Teo Bugbee, The New York Times
Natascha McElhone, Steven Love, Michela Farrugia