A superbly restrained piece of filmmaking, with Zinnemann directing in simple, unadorned style and Hepburn giving a truly radiant performance. Hepburn is the daughter of Belgian surgeon Jagger, and she has the desire to become a nursing nun in the Congo, which was still overseen by Belgium
at the time, several years prior to WWII. After experiencing the rigors of a convent, Hepburn goes off to a school where she learns tropical medicine. Her desire to go to the Congo is sidetracked when she is first assigned to a mental hospital in Belgium, where she is almost killed by a maniacal
patient whom she thought she could handle. Eventually, she travels to the Congo, wher...