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Ligia Branice ...
Sister Clara
Howard Ross ...
Rodrigo Landriani
Marina Pierro ...
Sister Veronica
Gabriella Giacobbe ...
Abbess Flavia Orsini
Rodolfo Dal Pra ...
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Loredana Martinez ...
Sister Martina (as Loredana Martínez)
Mario Maranzana ...
Father Confessor
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Silva (as Alessandro Partexano)
Olivia Pascal
Gina Rovere
Dora Calindri
Francesca Balletta
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Carole Fouanon ...
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Miana Merisi
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A zealous, handsome priest, who is the confessor for a convent full of women, encourages the equally zealous abbess of one such institution to enforce the same strict rules on these unfortunate women that are applied to others. In doing so, they uncover a snake pit of sexual couplings, both lesbian and heterosexual, as well as many tools for masturbation. At the same time, a particularly disturbed inmate manages to poison herself and many of the other novitiates in yet another scandal which is covered up by church authorities. Written by Ørnås

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Art-house bore chock full of nudity and sleaze
23 October 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

An offbeat mixture of art-house weirdness and sleazy exploitation, I found this to be a highly unappealing movie. I for one am not a fan of art-house cinema in general - maybe I just don't 'get' it, but I find much of it boring, and the same is true for this movie. Personally I was expecting some sleazy horror film in the vein of KILLER NUN or THE OTHER HELL, but instead I got a lame art movie with nothing going on.

Sure, the direction of Walerian Borowczyk (what a name to go to bed with!) is unconventional and stylish, but this movie just doesn't go anywhere. Instead we have endless scenes of seduction, intrigue and the like and a few spotty deaths, and we're supposed to care? The strict uniform that the nuns wear mean that it's difficult to distinguish between them, not that you would care to either. The sexual side of the film means that there's a lot of nudity (for instance, one nun likes to do nude aerobics!) and sex scenes, which were unappealing to a fan looks for thrills of a different sort like myself. Only the organ music playing on the soundtrack is really distinctive. Otherwise, give this art-house bore a miss.


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