La religieuse (The Nun)

2013

La religieuse (The Nun)

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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.

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
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Critic Reviews for La religieuse (The Nun)

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

    Nov 1, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • This Isabelle Huppert drama starts promisingly, but sadly reveals itself as a piece of hackneyed nunsploitation.

    Oct 31, 2013 | Rating: 3/5
  • This is dark but comedic, with plenty of frills beneath the habit.

    Oct 31, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Henry Barnes

    Guardian
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  • 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.

    Oct 29, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Dave Calhoun

    Time Out
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  • If only the whole film had maintained this pared-down dramatic aesthetic.

    Jun 7, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Nicloux's The Nun is lovely to look at and has given Etienne a chance to shine, which she does with aplomb. Sadly, it doesn't bare too much thinking about.

    Mar 5, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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