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Marta comes from a large Catholic family, one of nine children, a close-knit family who live on a farm in Sweden. Marta lived a very happy family life, and had an active social life with many friends in school, but yet felt the call to leave all that for the challenging life of a cloistered contemplative Carmelite nun. This film explores that decision that is seen as a radical one in the eyes of the world, and follows Marta and her family during that period of her life before and after her becoming a Carmelite.
Marta gives her own insights into why she made this challenging decision to give up the possibility of marriage and family for the life of a cloistered nun, and we get a good glimpse into that hidden life the Carmelites live. We also meet Marta's family in the documentary: her supportive father and her mother, first pleased with Marta's choice but later struck by a great, unexpected sadness. Helena, her closest sister, who has also considered joining a convent. Big brother Samuel, a doubter who lives a Bohemian life in Paris. And little brother Emanuel, to whom Marta was practically a mother. Emanuel tried to stop her from joining the convent and still wishes she would come home. He comforts himself with the faith that they'll meet again in Heaven.
This DVD contains the following language tracks: Swedish with English and Spanish subtitles. 60 Minutes.