La monaca di Monza (1987)

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The young noble Don Monza is caught and thrown out by the nun Virginia de Leva when she catches him flirting with one of her nun sisters across the stone wall between their gardens. He ... See full summary »



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Suor Beatrice Castiglione
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Francesca Maria Lesnoni
John Francis Lane ...
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Gea Martire


The young noble Don Monza is caught and thrown out by the nun Virginia de Leva when she catches him flirting with one of her nun sisters across the stone wall between their gardens. He hears the rumor that she'd have an affair with her trustee - so he kills him in a set-up duel and aims to take his place. Against her initial resistance, Monza manages to win her heart - and to get into her bed. This doesn't stay a secret for long, but Monza, now in love, does everything to keep it going. Written by Tom Zoerner <>

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16 June 1987 (Portugal)  »

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Eccessi, misfatti, delitti  »

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Italian censorship visa # 81922 delivered on 17-10-1986. See more »


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Luciano Odorisio's Sacrilege
26 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

Everybody loves a nun, especially in this film.

A young gorgeous Italian nun with the name VIRGINia is also a local member of a respected family. She sees a nun flirting with a neighboring nobleman and chastises her. He becomes intrigued and kills (in a duel) the nunnery's financial advisor, taking the job for himself. This gets him in the nunnery where he carries on a torrid affair with the nun and her two nun helpers. They kill or politically ruin whomever gets in their way until the affair is found out by church higher ups. The lover is killed, and the nun locked up in prison.

Nuns, according to film makers, are either naive brainless twits who know nothing of the outside world and need someone to come in and show them real life ("Sister Act"), or they are horny beasts who need a good man to come in and show them real life (this film).

This film was made to shock more than anything. The two lovers are not tragic, like "Romeo and Juliet," but sex crazed fiends that I just did not feel that much sympathy for. The young nobleman does not bed down VIRGINia after wooing her, he rapes her, and she in turn likes it. He also beds down two of her nun friends while she recovers from abortion and childbirth, all while she is in the same room. VIRGINia is elected to second in command at the nunnery, so you think the nobleman must be making quite a few nightly visits to other nuns as well. It does not help that he looks just like Adam Sandler, either.

The sex scenes, while it takes a lot of dull dialogue scenes to get to, are very graphic and very good. The film makers should have just done more of them instead of repeatedly trying to shock. VIRGINia does have sex while still dressed in a nun's habit, and there is a feces eating scene that I do not think needs to be discussed here (except that it is completely unnecessary), but this film is so antireligious it is almost comical. Considering the nobleman is a raping murderer and VIRGINia kind of follows him along does make me sympathetic to their "pure love." It is laughable at times.

Not much really happens in between the sex scenes, and I cannot recommend "Sacrilege." This is unrated and contains some physical violence, some gun violence, sexual violence, gore, some profanity, strong female nudity, strong sexual content, strong sexual references, and strong adult situations.

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