La religieuse (The Nun) (1971)

La religieuse (The Nun)

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This critically acclaimed moral drama is taken from a book written in 1760 by Denis Diderot. Suzanne (Anna Karina) is an intelligent, freedom-loving woman who is forced into a convent against her will. The fact that she was sired by a man who is not her mother's husband -- and that a suitable dowry cannot be paid for her -- bring her to the church. Suzanne endures continual harassment from one Mother Superior (Micheline Presle). Transferred to a different convent, she becomes subject to lesbian … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Denis Diderot, Jean Grualt, Jean Gruault
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 11, 1991
Runtime:
Altura Films International

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Cast


as Suzanne Simonin

as Mme. de Chelles

as Mme. de Moni

as Sister St. Christine

as Dom Morel

as Sister St. Therese

as Sister St. Cecile

as Mme. Simonin

as Father Lemoine
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All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

A great film that remains one of the cornerstones of the French New Wave.

Full Review… | November 12, 2007
Chicago Reader
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The French censors banned the film for over a year, thus generating both notoriety and goodwill, neither justified.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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A beautiful, calm, austere movie that somehow manages to be remarkably faithful to the original, yet quite different in tone.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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A riveting religious drama set in 18th-century France which casts French New Wave favorite Karina as a young nun forced into the convent for financial reasons.

Full Review… | November 12, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A garish potboiler first and a harsh critique of religious institutions last.

Full Review… | November 6, 2006
Slant Magazine

This is Rivette's most linear and comprehensible film.

Full Review… | April 18, 2003
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