Movie Review: ‘The Passion of Augustine’

Review by Caitlin Zeigler

Mother Augustine (Céline Bonnier) runs a convent with a boarding school for girls. After years of running the convent, through her love of music, she now has to deal with changing times, her niece attending and a Mother General (Marie Tifo), who both hates music and has a problem with Augustine. It’s the 60’s and the Vatican wants to make changes, as society is moving further away from convents and boarding schools. Mother Augustine’s convent isn’t making as much money and it’ll be hard to keep the school open. While dealing with all of these changes, Mother Augustine’s niece, Alice (Lysandre Ménard), joins the school and she’s a rebellious teenager that offers even more challenges. Despite everything, Mother Augustine will find a way to deal with the future and all of its obstacles.

This film is shot well and the story and acting are great. It isn’t rushed and the ending is bittersweet, but it doesn’t leave you feeling bad. It’s the feeling when times change and it’s time to change with it. This is a wonderful drama that didn’t have to try too hard or make you cry. It’s kind of just accepting the things that cannot be changed. This film has a lot of wonderful piano playing and singing. One of the best parts is seeing that even though Alice gives Mother Augustine trouble, Augustine is still there for her when she needs her the most.

Opening on VOD Nationwide on Tuesday, August 15 on all major platforms including: iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Microsoft, Vudu, Comcast, Charter, Cox, Vimeo, and various other cable operators.

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