Sidney Poitier eats his fair share of scenery in Lilies of the Field, but the man won an Oscar for doing it, so it's hard to complain too strenuously. Poitier plays a wandering construction worker who picks up odd jobs here and there, only to get reluctantly sucked in to building a chapel for a group of German nuns. Their culture clash comprises both the film's lighter and more serious moments, with Poitier's simple, personal struggle over whether to leave or to stay and finish the job giving this small film a backbone of importance.