Avril is a novice in a convent of "Baptistine" sisters, a monastic order which was officially dissolved by the end of the nineteenth century but that is kept alive by Mère Marie Joseph, the...
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Rui Pedro Alves
Avril is a novice in a convent of "Baptistine" sisters, a monastic order which was officially dissolved by the end of the nineteenth century but that is kept alive by Mère Marie Joseph, the sadistic superior. The rule she imposes on the nuns is particularly strict but this is all Avril has ever known since she was born, for she was an abandoned child raised by the nuns with a view to making one of them. While Avril is on retreat, locked in for a fortnight in a chapel prior to taking her vows, Soeur Bernadette, a sympathetic sister, discloses a secret to her: she has a twin brother and she encourages her to go looking for him... Written by
... then why bother seeing it, I say. This is an often-risible, hardly believable story of a novice who takes two weeks off to find her twin brother and herself in the Camargue (lovely shots of the beaches). I did not believe this story for one minute, although the actors are appealing, especially the broad-faced Sophie Quinton and slim, athletic Clément Sibony, who plays her brother.
I suppose the French tradition of careful reconstruction of political, social or spiritual themes is now lost forever. I kept thinking wistfully of La Réligieuse, Thérèse, La Faute de l'Abbé Mouret, Le Journal d'un curé de campagne and any other film that crossed my mind as Avril unfolded before my disbelieving eyes. The last fifteen minutes were called absurd by some commenters, but I never found any solid ground in the picture. That Mother Superior was straight out of Bunuel.
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