Act of the Heart
Act of the Heart (1970)

A woman is led to the edge of madness as she wrestles between her spiritual life and her romantic longings in this unusual drama. Martha Hayes (Genevieve Bujold) is a young woman who was raised in a small rural community. A deeply committed… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 24, 1970
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Mark Goodman
TIME Magazine

Actress Bujold is incontestably a beguiling martyr, alternatingly childlike and womanly. But the force of her radiance is blunted by the conventionality of her role.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

This is a bleak, mundane story which nevertheless stays in the mind, and which ends on a note of high drama.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

There is no grand tragic logic in The Act of the Heart. When I left the theater I simply felt that I'd seen a terrible accident.

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Film4

While the story is scrappy, leading to a hugely disappointing denouement, the central message is conveyed through some superb acting.

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