The Story of a Carmelite Vocation
Length: 60 minutes
This is an award-winning documentary that tells the beautiful story of Marta, a young Catholic woman in Sweden and her counter-cultural choice to follow a calling to become a cloistered Carmelite nun, and to live her life for God alone. Documentary filmmaker Maud Nycander followed Marta and her family for ten years to tell the story of her vocation, and the Carmelite convent made a unique exception to its strict regulations by allowing the filmmaker to meet with and interview Marta both before and after her five-year postulant period. The Carmelite convent in Glumslöv in the south of Sweden is normally closed to outsiders.
Marta comes from a large Catholic family, one of nine children, a close-knit family who live on a farm in Sweden. Marta lived a very happy family life, and had an active social life with many friends in school, but yet felt the call to leave all that for the challenging life of a cloistered contemplative Carmelite nun. This film explores that decision that is seen as a radical one in the eyes of the world, and follows Marta and her family during that period of her life before and after her becoming a Carmelite.
Marta gives her own insights
into why she made this challenging decision to give up the possibility of
marriage and family for the life of a cloistered nun, and we get a good glimpse
into that hidden life the Carmelites live. We also meet Marta's family in
the documentary: her supportive father and her mother, first pleased with
Marta's choice but later struck by a great, unexpected sadness. Helena, her
closest sister, who has also considered joining a convent. Big brother Samuel,
a doubter who lives a Bohemian life in Paris. And little brother Emanuel,
to whom Marta was practically a mother. Emanuel tried to stop her from joining
the convent and still wishes she would come home. He comforts himself with
the faith that they'll meet again in Heaven.
This DVD contains the following language tracks: Swedish with English and Spanish subtitles
This is a Region 1 DVD (playable ONLY in Bermuda, Canada, the Cayman Islands, United States and U.S. territories).
Length: 60 minutes
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