CARMEN – Review by Marilyn Ferdinand

Natascha McElhone plays Carmen, the put-upon sister of a priest who was forced to sacrifice her own life and happiness to meet his needs and the expectations of her family. Gray-haired, dressed in black, unsmiling, and silent, Carmen manages the rectory, cleans up in the church, and snaps to her brother’s commands like a dog. When he dies unexpectedly, she is unceremoniously thrown out of her home as the new sister to the new priest takes over. With no job, no home, no money, and nothing but the monsignor’s assurance that she will find paradise after she dies, Carmen must use her wits and divine providence in the form of a pigeon to remake her life.

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