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La religieuse (The Nun) (2013)

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France, in the 1760s. Born into a bourgeois family, Suzanne (Pauline Etienne) is a beautiful young girl with a natural talent for music. Despite her faith, she is dismayed when her parents send her off to a convent, expecting her to become a nun. Suzanne first resists the rules of the convent, but soon finds out that she is an illegitimate child, leaving her no other option than to pronounce her vows and suffer the consequences of her mother's sin. Adapted from Diderot's eponymous novel, The Nun tells the story of a woman trying to resist imposed religious values, revealing the dehumanizing effect of cloistered life.

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Cast

Pauline Etienne
as Suzanne Simonin
Isabelle Huppert
as La Mère Supérieure
Louise Bourgoin
as Soeur Christine
Françoise Lebrun
as Madame de Moni
Martina Gedeck
as La mère de Suzanne
Agathe Bonitzer
as Soeur Thérèse
Gilles Cohen
as Le père de Suzanne
Marc Barbé
as Père Castella
François Négret
as Maître Manouri
Lou Castel
as Baron de Lasson
Pierre Nisse
as Marquis de Croismare
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Critic Reviews for La religieuse (The Nun)

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (1)

Measured and sensible, The Nun lacks the full-on claustrophobic horror of a film like The Magdalene Sisters and moves through events at a matter-of-fact distance.

October 29, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
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Pauline Etienne as the heroine is a harmonising centre, believable, luminous, quiet-spoken, poignant.

November 7, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Financial Times

It's an affecting and frank take on the loneliness of faith as well as faithlessness, whose horrors come in odd contrast to the plush production values.

November 4, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Observer (UK)

It's a generally classy yet dramatically underpowered affair traversing a steady path between respectable costume drama and habit-lifting exploitation.

November 1, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Radio Times

Looks as tasteful as can be but, in terms of emotion, lacks any kind of finesse.

November 1, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
London Evening Standard

Guillaume Nicloux has, alongside Jérôme Beaujour, crafted a stately and atmospheric adaptation of Denis Diderot's novel, which is driven onwards by a powerful central female performance.

November 1, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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