修女海伦（苏珊·萨兰登 Susan Sarandon 饰）受死刑犯马修·庞斯莱（西恩·潘 Sean Penn 饰）之托，前往监狱探望他。马修否认残杀年轻情侣被判死刑，提出上诉。海伦一路走访，深入村庄调查真相。一方面是被虐杀而死的无辜情侣，一方面是即将被处决的罪犯的精神依托， 海伦使尽各种办法帮助马修，但当她面对受害者双亲的痛诉以及公众的愤怒时，海伦的内心也陷入纠结的道德审判中。海伦最终感化了马修。行刑前，马修承认自己的罪行并祈求得到受害者家人的宽恕，安心而有尊严的走完人生的最后168小时。本片改编自修女海伦·普雷金的真实故事，苏珊·萨兰登因本片荣获第68届奥斯卡最佳女主角。
剧情介绍：When six-year-old Sophie is tragically orphaned guardianship is assigned to her estranged aunt Annabelle. The two move into a large, eerie, Victorian house where Sophie unearths a locked wooden box with a strange symbol drawn on it. Desperate to connect with her niece Annabelle pries the lock open revealing a beautiful music box. Each time the music box is wound and replayed it's surprisingly chilling melody plays slightly longer, captivating Sophie even more. When the music box begins affecting Sophie's behavior and health Annabelle seeks the aid of a child psychologist and clairvoyant who soon discover the music box is possessed by an evil spirit who seeks to haunt Sophie and destroy Annabelle. As the haunting intensifies time begins to run out and Annabelle finds herself racing against the music box's melody to defeat the spirit before the last note plays.