Black Narcissus (1947)

A darkly explosive work of isolation, altitude, eroticism, weather, culture clash, spirit vs. flesh, pygmalionism, folk horror, rhythmic cinematographical genius, sin, and trompe l’oeil, Black Narcissus is a provocative masterpiece amongst the finest films of the mid-1900’s. 9.6/10.

Plot Synopsis: A group of Anglican nuns, led by Sister Clodagh (Deborah Kerr), are sent to a mountain in the Himalayas. The climate in the region is hostile and the nuns are housed in an odd old palace. They work to establish a school and a hospital, but slowly their focus shifts. Sister Ruth (Kathleen Byron) falls for a government worker, Mr. Dean (David Farrar), and begins to question her vow of celibacy. As Sister Ruth obsesses over Mr. Dean, Sister Clodagh becomes immersed in her own memories of love.

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