Guilt is a way of life to Meryl Streep’s Sister Aloysius who believes in instilling fear in everyone around her. This lemon-mouthed, cynical dragon is so sour she believes a student would set his foot on fire or instigate a nose bleed to avoid school. Hence it is not surprising she clashes in a big way with the popular and progressive Father Flynn (Philip Seymour Hoffman), who not only has a cheerful disposition and communicates easily, but (shock horror) takes three sugar cubes in his tea, writes with a ballpoint pen and has long fingernails. Certainty without proof is her rationale when Sister Aloysius sets on a course to force her adversary to leave in uncertain circumstances.