Cinema: Chaotic Vision

Where does the love of man end and the love of God begin? Can an individual's passion be divided between the two without disaster to man or affront to God? Does God demand terrible sacrifice as atonement for an innocent appetite for earthly life? These are questions that Ingmar Bergman has grappled with in many of his 31 bleak, brooding films. In The Act of the Heart, Canadian Producer-Writer-Director Paul Almond tries to explore the same problems, while simultaneously creating a St. Joan-like allegory of a country girl's purity and passion.

Fortunately for the film, the girl is played by his wife,...

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