So begins a period of charitable transgression by both women: Mathilde is to work only with the French, and the convent forbids all visitors. Additionally, the nuns live in a highly spiritual cloistered state, and there is a real challenge in breaking through their shame, guilt and collective horror: The world has intruded, and in the ugliest manner possible. Maria, who is modern and non-religious, finds her own philosophies about spirituality challenged.
The subject matter is tough, though never unwatchable. Ultimately, the take-away from this beautifully filmed and well-acted work is a quietly inspirational story of resilience, forgiveness and forged sisterhood that underscores the shared humanity between these unlikely parties.