All Beliefs are Welcome Here!
The life of brilliant and beautiful 17th-century Mexican poet Sister Juana Ines de la Cruz (Assumpta Serna) gets erotic treatment in this telling drama. To pursue her love of writing, Juana enters a convent and gains international renown. But when the Inquisition comes, the local Vicereine (Dominique Sanda) becomes Juana's protectress and erotic muse, sending the poetess down a romantic road of startling passion and intensity. (courtesy of Netflix)
Yo, la peor de todas (I, Worst of All) Spanish, English Subtitles
Epic, hands down one of the best films I've seen about prolific nuns in a long time. It has a limited showing on Netflix until October 2nd. I strongly recommend you watch it before it's gone if you have an account. Otherwise, good luck finding it at your local video store. I called around to buy a copy and none of my local stores have it in stock, not even to rent.
I was recently reading about Sister Juana and wouldn't you know it this film came up on my Netflix page. No question, I had to watch it. I'm glad I did. I included a clip I found on youtube that highlights her infamy, but it certainly doesn't do her any justice. I have a special interest in this nun, attributed to the Hermetic influence and her focus on removing 'gender' from 'priviledge'. This film will appeal to feminists everywhere, but I think every human being can learn something from her example - even it appears she was succumbed by the pressures of her role as a nun, and the powers of the church. You would do well to remember the time period, and scholarship was limited to men. Sister Juana seized an opportunity, and followered her passions. In the end she died of plague, and managed to stay clear of the inquisition under the protection of the Viceroy and his wife (at least for a time). Not much has changed, in terms of how women with intelligence are both viewed and treated. The Satanic aesthetic appeals to me, for that reason (among others). Women, in general invoke fear and loathing - add a little intelligence to the mix, and you have the bite of the Viper. It's difficult to keep this serpent under foot - no matter how many attempts have been made through the ages. Women who behave, rarely make history.
I would also like to make note of the commentary on the cover of the DVD:
Lesbianism behind convent walls, pah! A gross interpretation of the Vicerine's admiration of Juana. Rhetoric to spark interest in the film, nothing more. I ordered (2) books from Amazon, for a fetching price:
Sor Juana: Or, the traps of faith
Sister Juana Ines de la Cruz, an Anthology
I wanted some of her poetry in English, the above titles have an examination of her works and their English translations. I wish I spoke Spanish, because much gets lost in transliteration.
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