(out of 5)
Superb performances are the best thing about this intelligent and sensitive drama. After two male seminary students are expelled from their school for being lovers, another student (Zeljko Ivanek) calls the Catholic church’s stance on sexual relationships into question and has heated debates about it with a sympathetic priest (Jack Lemmon). Written by Bill C. Davis from his own play, the film addresses issues of archaic religion in a modern context and has two characters whose own faith is constantly at war with their common sense. Great interplay between the two leads, especially with Davis’s excellent dialogue, though the material tends to be a bit too obvious with its message to come across all that smoothly to an audience.
Directed by Glenn Jordan
Screenplay by Bill C. Davis, based on his play
Cinematography by Donald Peterman
Music by Bill Conti
Production Design by Philip M. Jefferies
Film Editing by John Wright