The Passion of Augustine
Directed by Léa Pool • Drama • With Céline Bonnier, Lysandre Ménard • 2015 • 103 minutes
Simone Beaulieu, better known as Mother Augustine, runs a convent school for girls in the Canadian province of Quebec in the 1960s. She has turned the little convent into a musical treasure where the students have won every prestigious music competition in the region.
When her talented but rebellious niece joins the convent, and when the government threatens to shut down the school in favour of public education, her world is suddenly turned upside down. She and her fellow nuns are forced to confront the waves of modernity, and Mother Augustine herself must search her soul for a new calling. Can she accept her past in order to move forward? Or will she perish with tradition?
Winner of 5 Jutra Awards, including Best Film and Best Actress. Winner of an Audience Award in the World Cinema Independent category at the Mill Valley Film Festival.