When Geraldine Chaplin was a schoolgirl in Switzerland, she wanted to be a nun. The urge soon passed, as it does for most convent girls. But now Chaplin has donned the habit of the Missionaries of Charity and scurries about the screen doing good as she portrays Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, better known as Mother Teresa.
"The Church was horrified" when Teresa proposed shifting her duty from teaching to feeding and treating the poor, Chaplin says. "She told her superiors, `I've heard God's call to become a nun. Now God wants me to serve the poor.' They thought she was cracked."
Mother Teresa died Sept. 5, soon after her 87th birthday. The order she founded, the Missionaries of Charity, had disavowed the film, saying it was "not authorized by Mother Teresa." The order said that the film would "glamorize" Teresa and "spread wrong notions."