The first of many films that Ruiz realized through France’s National Audiovisual Institute (INA) tracks tensions within the Catholic Church from the viewpoint of a young Dominican monk caught between his superiors. Ruiz heightens the conflicts by dividing the film into two interlocking parts – one black-and-white and one color – each of which is presented as being a film-within-a-film. He based 'The Suspended Vocation' upon a novel by French author Pierre Klossowski and claimed that its story recalled divergences among Leftist movements in Latin America.
Raúl Ruiz Raúl Ernesto Ruiz Pino (1941-2011) was a Chilean writer, teacher, theater artist, film theorist, and filmmaker who believed with full sincerity that the cinema was a field of limitless possibilities. He sought to discover them over the course of more than 100 films, including works left lost or unfinished that audiences still might someday see.