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Storia di una monaca di clausura (1973)

R | | Drama | March 1975 (USA)
A woman who was promised to a powerful family's son at birth falls in love with another man, refuses to renounce him, and is sent to a nunnery by her shocked parents. Once there, she first ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sister Elisabeth
Mother Superior
Carmela Simoni
Martine Brochard ...
Sister Lucia
Ann Odessa ...
Sister Chiara
Antonio Falsi ...
Umberto Orsini ...
Tino Carraro ...
Father of Carmela
Konrad Georg ...
Father Confessor
Isabelle Marchall
Mother of Carmela
Clara Colosimo
Rina Franchetti
Luigi Antonio Guerra


A woman who was promised to a powerful family's son at birth falls in love with another man, refuses to renounce him, and is sent to a nunnery by her shocked parents. Once there, she first undergoes degradation to acclimatize her to convent life; then she experiences rampant lesbianism by the repressed nuns, and becomes pregnant by her lover. Finally, her refusal to accede to one nun's lascivious lesbian advances leads to plotting and treachery, and her lover being murdered out of jealousy. Her life now ruined, she further scandalises her family by refusing to take her vows, and leaves the convent, devoting her existence to those in need. Claims to be based on a true story ! Written by Cynan Rees <cynanrees@hotmail.com>

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In 1571 a young woman entered a convent in San Giacomo, Italy. It was her parents wish. for one year she was beaten, abused, raped and tortured. Finally she had to submit. In the Spring of 1572 she bore a child. three months later she became a nun! This is her incredible story...




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Not the brutal sex-fest you associate 'nunsploitation' with!
2 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

Nunsploitation has to be just about the most bizarre of all the exploitation variants, and usually these films are good fun to watch. Most of the nunsploitation that I've seen has been rather nasty, featuring brutal rapes as well as the token nudity. This one, however, bucks that trend; as while Domenico Paolella's Story of a Cloistered Nun features a good deal of nudity, lesbianism and general blaspheming; it certainly doesn't have the nasty edge of films such as Images in a Convent and The Killer Nun, and that's actually not a bad thing! The plot is "based on a true story", but that doesn't mean it isn't your usual nunsploitation fare. The story concerns a young girl who was supposed to marry a man from another family due to an 'arranged at birth' marriage, but she falls in love with another man. Naturally, her parents are none too pleased; and the girl is swiftly sent off to a convent where she is degraded and humiliated, and then becomes the object of a sexually repressed lesbian nun's desires.

Considering that this is an obscure movie, made in Italy in 1973; the cinematography and production values are surprisingly good, and Story of a Cloistered Nun is actually not really a trash film at all. This is likely to annoy some viewers; and indeed, I do watch this sort of stuff mainly to see sex and violence, but I can't be too hard on the film as the director manages to keep things interesting throughout, and it's obvious that a lot of work went into it. The acting is largely good, with Suzy Kendall providing the highlight role as 'Mother Superior'. The fact that the film isn't very nasty certainly helps it when it comes to the lesbian plot as the fact that it isn't brutal or forced actually means that the film is more erotic than it otherwise might have been (NO disrespect to Images in a Convent, though). I wouldn't say that this film should be at the top of every nunsploitation fan's wishlist, but it provides something a little different from the norm and it definitely is a film worth seeing.

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