The questions that arises within the plot leaves viewers searching along side Sister Aloysius for a glimmer of truth. Innocent Sister James struggles also with the same questions with unjaded eyes.
When is moral certainty enough to ‘convict’? The film ends with viewers still thinking about the consequences of those doubts and certainties.
As always Streep is transformed into the character she plays. There is no question of the hard edges, the stern compassion and the fire of righteousness from her Sister Aloysius.
Hoffman is believable as Father Flynn. He’s easy to like and feel for and yet you can’t help but wonder if there is more to the story than what you see.
Sister James is played with just the right amount of innocence and wisdom by Adams.
While only on the scene for brief moments Viola Davis plays to perfection the role of mother Mrs. Miller. Her tears are that of a woman dealing with too many conflicts and love.
Streep, Adams and Davis are all in the running Sunday night for an Oscar.