As controversial films go, this is a rather easygoing examination of the excesses practiced and believed in by the devoutly religious. Few of the issues raised are likely to electrify anyone not brought up as a Roman Catholic. In the story, a tourist bus is carrying a crowd of pilgrims (whose devotion to the faith varies widely) to the shrine to the Virgin at Lourdes. Among the passengers is a very old-guard and very formidable old dame, who likely thinks that Vatican II was a big mistake and insists on celibacy and that sort of old-fashioned thing. Another passenger is a priest traveling with his pregnant girlfriend, who has his doubts about the whole institution, regarding its beliefs generally as a variably benign superstition. As the story develops, the intolerant grow more so, and the tolerant prove to be generally from the ultra-liberal camp, and the main item on the table for discussion proves to be celibacy.
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