Picks and Pans Review: Shattered Vows
updated 10/29/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 10/29/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST
Valerie (One Day at a Time) Bertinelli plays a young nun in this true tale, a modern, watered-down variation on The Nun's Story, the richly detailed 1959 movie starring Audrey Hepburn. In both, the nuns are beautiful, dedicated and faithful but also troubled; they end up leaving their convents. Vows, set in the '60s around Vatican II and Vietnam, is an emotional story and Bertinelli is charming in it. Her relationship with David (St. Elsewhere) Morse as Father Tim gives the film depth; they make a lovely couple that can never be. But Vows is made up more of chronology than characterization: Bertinelli's crisis of faith and vocation are sloughed off too easily. Hepburn's movie looks less dated than this new one.