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The Innocents -- Warsaw, December 1945: the second World War is finally over and French Red Cross doctor Mathilde (Lou de Laage) is treating the last of the French survivors of the German camps. When a panicked Benedictine nun appears at the clinic begging Mathilde to follow her back to the convent, what she finds there is shocking: a holy sister about to give birth and several more in advanced stages of pregnancy. A non-believer, Mathilde enters the fiercely private world, dictated by the rituals of their order and the strict Rev. Mother (Agata Kulesza, Ida). Fearing the shame of exposure, the hostility of the occupying Soviet troops and local Polish communists and while facing an unprecedented crisis of faith, the nuns increasingly turn to Mathilde as their beliefs and traditions clash with harsh realities.


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Release Date:
10 February 2016 (France) See more »
In 1945 Poland, a young French Red Cross doctor who is sent to assist the survivors of the German camps discovers several nuns in advanced states of pregnancy during a visit to a nearby convent. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Lou de Laâge ... Mathilde Beaulieu

Agata Buzek ... Maria

Agata Kulesza ... Mère Abesse
Vincent Macaigne ... Samuel

Joanna Kulig ... Irena
Eliza Rycembel ... Teresa

Katarzyna Dabrowska ... Anna

Anna Próchniak ... Zofia
Helena Sujecka ... Ludwika
Mira Maluszinska ... Bibiana

Dorota Kuduk ... Wanda
Klara Bielawka ... Joanna
Pascal Elso ... Le colonel
Thomas Coumans ... Gaspard
Leon Latan-Paszek ... Wladek
Joanna Fertacz ... La tante de Zofia
Zacharjasz Muszynski ... Caporal russe

Mariusz Jakus ... Officier russe
Tomasz Sobczak ... Soldat russe
Sasza Reznikow ... Soldat russe
Denys Ivenov ... Soldat russe
Pawel Janyst ... Soldat russe (as Pawel Janys)
Aliaksandr Malchanau ... Soldat russe (as Aleksandr Malchanau)
Otar Saralidze ... Soldat russe
Artur Janusiak ... Soldat russe
Helena Norowicz ... Soeur âgée
Karolina Zielen ... Soeur
Ewa Trzewicarz ... Soeur
Malgorzata Paprocka ... Soeur

Marta Mazurek ... Soeur
Iwona Dombeck-Rybczynska ... Soeur
Dorota Zielinska ... Soeur
Aldona Jankowska ... Soeur
Barbara Sienkiewicz ... Soeur
Magdalena Gnatowska ... Soeur
Danuta Borsuk ... Soeur
Ewa Paluska ... Soeur
Katarzyna Skolimowska ... Soeur
Maria Szadkowska-Malinowska ... Soeur (as Maria Szadkowska)
Hanna Wolicka ... Soeur
Anna Korzeniecka ... Soeur
Irena Telesz-Burczyk ... Soeur
Wiktoria Adamczyk ... Enfant des rues
Franciszek Maziuk ... Enfant des rues
Kryspin Kozlowski ... Enfant des rues
Radoslaw Kowieszko ... Enfant des rues
Fabian Zajaczkowski ... Enfant des rues
Julian Plewa ... Enfant des rues
Konrad Dzierzkiewicz ... Enfant des rues
Maciek Pawelczyk ... Enfant des rues
Weronika Humaj ... La fille qui danse avec Samuel
Karol Paluch ... Enfant tante Zofia
Kacper Lesniak ... Enfant tante Zofia
Marek Szukielojc ... Enfant tante Zofia
Delfina Wilkonska ... Fille dans le bar

Directed by
Anne Fontaine 
Writing credits
Sabrina B. Karine (scenario) &
Alice Vial (scenario)

Anne Fontaine (adaptation: dialogue) &
Pascal Bonitzer (adaptation: dialogue)

Philippe Maynial (based on an original concept created by)

Produced by
Eric Altmayer .... producer
Nicolas Altmayer .... producer
Philippe Carcassonne .... associate producer
Isabelle Grellat .... associate producer (as Isabelle Grellat Doublet)
Serge Hayat .... Equity Provider
Genevieve Lemal .... co-producer
Eliza Oczkowska .... co-producer
Klaudia Smieja .... co-producer
Original Music by
Grégoire Hetzel 
Cinematography by
Caroline Champetier 
Film Editing by
Annette Dutertre 
Casting by
Weronika Migon (Poland)
Production Design by
Joanna Macha 
Art Direction by
Anna Pabisiak 
Set Decoration by
Kinga Babczynska 
Costume Design by
Katarzyna Lewinska 
Makeup Department
Michal Kacprzycki .... special makeup effects artist
Anna Nobel-Nobielska .... key hair stylist
Anna Nobel-Nobielska .... key makeup artist
Anna Nobel-Nobielska .... makeup department head
Anna Nobel-Nobielska .... makeup designer
Marcin Rodak .... makeup artist
Production Management
Dagmara Bagnecka .... production supervisor
Sian Bolland .... production manager
Dagmara Bonczyk .... production manager: Poland
Marilyne Maia .... production manager: Scope Pictures
Thibault Mattei .... production manager
Beata Rzezniczek .... post-production coordinator: Poland
Jakub Zwolak .... production coordinator
Jakub Zwolak .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Karolina Aleksa .... second assistant director
Boguslaw Bielanski .... first assistant director
Anne-Sophie Puget .... third assistant director
Art Department
Jakub Chomiczewski .... set helper
Maciej Fajst .... 2nd production designer
Jaroslaw Jagodzinski .... standby props
Mateusz Janczak .... set helper
Marek Kukawski .... set designer
Pawel Kukawski .... set designer
Boguslaw Piotrowski .... property master
Dariusz Rzepecki .... assistant property master
Grzegorz Rzepecki .... property master
Mariusz Rzepecki .... assistant property master
Michal Swiatkiewicz .... assistant property master
Waldemar Weiss .... construction coordinator
Sound Department
Léo Banderet .... boom operator
Jacek Lewandowski .... sound assistant
Olivier Mauvezin .... sound
Fred Mays .... post-synchronisation
Pierre Picq .... boom operator
Cyrille Richard .... sound editor
Olivier Thys .... foley artist
Francis Wargnier .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Janusz Bykowski .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Sophie Denize .... visual effects producer
Gaël Durant .... vfx production manager
Philippe Frère .... lead digital compositor
Morgan Hardy .... digital compositor
Marie Maulet .... digital compositor
Guillaume Pondard .... visual effects supervisor
Angelika Golab .... stunt double
Jaroslaw Golec .... assistant stunt coordinator
Maciej Maciejewski .... stunt coordinator
Kamil Pardo .... stunts
Monika Stelmasiuk .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Stéphane Bourgoin .... gaffer france
Janusz Bulanda .... electrician
Thibault de Saint André .... electrician france
Marcin Kubik .... electrician
Mateusz Kuzniak .... gaffer
Marcin Matylla .... electrician
Piotr Michalski .... best boy
Ludwik Pruszkowski .... second assistant camera
Maciek Romanowski .... electrician
Martin Roux .... first assistant camera
Marek Rumak .... grip
Clemence Thurninger .... assistant camera
Jaroslaw Wierzbicki .... steadicam operator
Edwin Wolski .... key grip
Casting Department
Halszka Kaminska .... extras casting
Nadia Lebik .... casting: chlidren
Wita Sernecka .... casting: chlidren
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Monika Bebej .... costume assistant
Weronika Orlinska .... costumer
Eleonora Owsianka .... wardrobe assistant
Ewa Rozewska .... costume assistant
Justyna Stolarz .... costumer
Editorial Department
Aline Conan .... colorist
Charles Fréville .... colorist: film dailies
Hussam Korkut .... assistant color grading
Hussam Korkut .... conform editor
Rémi Nonne .... colorist: dailies
Karine Prido .... assistant editor
Virginie Seguin .... first assistant editor
Julien Souchet .... post-production coordinator
Location Management
Michal Kaszowski .... location manager: pre-production
Oliwia Przecherska .... location manager
Music Department
Sian Bolland .... production manager
Emiliano Caballero .... scoring assistant
Eric Debegue .... music publisher
Carla Deveux .... orchestra contractor: brussels philharmonic
Tobias Hess .... assistant engineer
Vivien Kiper .... music publisher
Patrick Lemmens .... score engineer
David Menke .... music mixer
David Menke .... recording engineer
Brussels Philharmonic .... orchestra
Nick Wollage .... recording engineer
Other crew
Paulina Budyta .... production assistant
Anna Dobies .... production accountant
Marcin Dulemba .... making of
Natalia Lodygowska .... production assistant
Paul Onteniente .... production accountant
Anne-Sophie Puget .... production staff
Anita Voorham .... script advisor
Piotr Zimon .... stage manager
Frederic Zeimet .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Les innocentes" - France (original title)
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Rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic material including sexual assault, and for some bloody images and brief suggestive content
115 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Argentina:16 | Canada:PG (British Columbia) | Portugal:M/14 | Switzerland:12 | UK:15 | USA:PG-13 (certificate #50456)

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Adèle Haenel was originally attached to play Mathilde.See more »
Suite No. 2 in F Major, HWV 427: I. AdagioSee more »


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14 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
About faith and morals in the post WW2 Poland, 11 July 2016
Author: Ayal Oren from Israel

That's why I go to film festivals, (mostly the Jerusalem Film Festival). For the opportunity of seeing such rare masterpieces. A perfect blend of acting - especially the three leads but there's not a single false note from any of the characters we get to see on screen; Cinematography; and story telling.

Lou de Laage, Agata Buzek and Agata Kulesza, are simply superb in their roles, but they are only the cherries on the top of one of the best ensemble works I've ever seen. The cinematography is breathtaking. And the story, it's more than a simple story about the horrors of war, and how it preys on the innocents. It's a story about the morals of faith. About believing in god's grace comes what may, as opposed to believing in the holiness of life. If you get a chance to see it, don't miss it - you won't regret it.

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