|Posted by John Kelly on June 29, 2009 at 6:16 AM|
THE PLOT: A casket containing a remarkable relic of a 17th century nun, Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, is stolen from a devout society in France by one of its members, a priest from Sydney. The priest, Father James, secretly entrusts the casket to two women in Monterey Creek, a small country town in New South Wales. The Society immediately sends Monsignor Henri Pascal from Paris to Australia to recover both the relic and a manuscript written by the nun, which describes her final revelation.
THE COMMENT: Set in a small country town in New South Wales, and complete with
an assortment of colourful characters, this intensely human story poses
questions for devotees of saints and relics, confronts long standing
theological convictions, and articulates a major dilemma for the
Catholic Church: What to do when a priest falls in love.
A powerful and absorbing drama about ordinary people, played out in
Australia and France, it captures the essence of human frailty,
and that unique Australian spirit of scepticism.