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Source: Catholic News Service

Absorbing adaptation of David Auburn's award-winning Broadway play concerning a young woman (Gwyneth Paltrow) coping with the mental illness -- and subsequent death -- of her genius mathematician father (Anthony Hopkins), and fearing that she may have inherited his madness. Director John Madden has sensibly opened up the play for the screen, and with strong performances by Paltrow, Hope Davis as her uptight sister, and Jake Gyllenhaal as her father's ex-student, the play's theme that some things -- like love and trust -- can never be "proven" in a mathematical or scientific sense and must be verified in less concrete terms resonates as well as ever. Scattered instances of profanity, rough and crude language and expressions, a nongraphic premarital sexual encounter, other brief sexual references, and drug use make this best for older adolescents and up. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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<p>Colette was born in Corbie, France. At 21 she began to follow the Third Order Rule and became an anchoress, a woman walled into a room whose only opening was a window into a church. </p><p>After four years of prayer and penance in this cell, she left it. With the approval and encouragement of the pope, she joined the Poor Clares and reintroduced the primitive Rule of St. Clare in the 17 monasteries she established. Her sisters were known for their poverty—they rejected any fixed income—and for their perpetual fast. Colette’s reform movement spread to other countries and is still thriving today. Colette was canonized in 1807.</p> American Catholic Blog Being human means that I’m made in God’s image and likeness. Therefore I’m gifted; I have dignity and a great destiny. But being human also means that I’m a creature, not the Creator. I have limits that I need to recognize and respect.

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