In this American Film Institute-subsidized short subject, Fionnula Flanagan plays a sharp-tongued but compassionate nun, while Peter Lempert is cast as a sullen, emotionally disturbed boy. The title refers to the “thawing” process that occurs when the nun attempts to break through Lempert’s wall of silence.
Director: Peter Werner.
Writers: Joyce Carol Oates (short story), Peter Werner.
Stars: Fionnula Flanagan, Peter Lampert, Vance Colvig Jr., John Durren, Kate Murtagh, Shirley Slater, Malachi Throne.
1977 Academy Awards – Winner of an Oscar for Best Short Film, Live Action.
Note: One of the most difficult to find Oscar winner shorts, turned up on Vimeo recently, quality is pretty good but it has Spanish subtitles hardcoded, if anyone out there has a better copy without subs please email me, I’d love to upgrade it with a clean copy. Thank you.