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The Nun (1966)
"La religieuse" (original title)

GP  -  Drama  -  8 July 1971 (USA)
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In eighteenth-century France a girl (Suzanne Simonin) is forced against her will to take vows as a nun. Three mothers superior (Madame de Moni, Sister Sainte-Christine, and Madame de ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Liselotte Pulver ...
Francine Bergé ...
Francisco Rabal ...
Christiane Lénier ...
Yori Bertin ...
Catherine Diamant ...
Gilette Barbier ...
Soeur Saint-Jean
Annik Morice ...
Soeur Saint-Jéròme
Danielle Palmero ...
Soeur Saint-Clément
Françoise Godde ...
La domestique
Jean Martin ...
Monsieur Hébert
Marc Eyraud ...
Le père Seraphin
Charles Millot ...


In eighteenth-century France a girl (Suzanne Simonin) is forced against her will to take vows as a nun. Three mothers superior (Madame de Moni, Sister Sainte-Christine, and Madame de Chelles) treat her in radically different ways, ranging from maternal concern, to sadistic persecution, to lesbian desire. Suzanne's virtue brings disaster to everyone in this faithful adaptation of a bitter attack on religious abuses by the Enlightenment philosopher Denis Diderot. Written by English Showalter <>

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Suzanne plays and sings the song "Plaisir D'Amour". The final title card identifies the time and place as 'Paris, 1760', but the song was not composed until 1785. See more »


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Plaisir D'Amour
Music by Jean Paul Egide Schwarzendorf a.k.a. "Jean Martini"
Lyrics by Jean Pierre Claris de Florian
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Anna Karina est magnifique!!!
3 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

When "The Nun" was released in the US in 1971, the movie generated a lot of positive reviews. Anna Karina's performance was unanimously hailed as a great one. Judith Crist of New York Magazine called it "unforgettable." Archer Winsten of the New York Post described it as "superb". Gene Shalit dubbed Anna as "exceptional" while Kathleen Carroll of the New York Daily News thus enthused: "Anna Karina gives a performance of unusual depth". Indeed, Anna's interpretation is one of her best in a career of over 70 movies. It ranks with her performances in "Vivre sa Vie", "Pierrot le Fou", "Rendezvous a Bray", "L'Alliance" and "L'Etranger". She was reunited with Rivette in the musical "Haut Bas Fragile". She is slated to direct her second movie this year in Montreal, a road movie with the composer Philippe Katerine.

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