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Black Narcissus

In 1934, Sister Clodagh (Gemma Arterton) and a group of nuns are sent to a remote palace in the Himalayas to start a mission school, but the enterprise is plagued by the history of the place and the nuns’ deteriorating relationship. The 1947 film adaptation of the novel was a visual and emotional masterpiece and nothing in this workmanlike miniseries comes close to it. That said, the acting is fine and the psychological horror keeps building. Charlotte Bruus Christensen blends Nepal footage with the design and dark colors of the Pinewood set in an appealing and convincing way.

2020-Britain-U.S. Made for TV. 176 min. Color. Directed and photographed by Charlotte Bruus Christensen. Teleplay: Amanda Coe. Novel: Rumer Godden. Cast: Gemma Arterton (Sister Clodagh), Alessandro Nivola (Mr. Dean), Aisling Franciosi (Sister Ruth), Diana Rigg, Jim Broadbent, Gina McKee.

Trivia: Originally shown in three episodes. 

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