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The Nun (1966)

La religieuse (original title)
GP | | Drama | 8 July 1971 (USA)
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Suzanne is forced against her will to take vows as a nun and three mothers superior treat her in radically different ways. Suzanne's virtue brings disaster to everyone in this faithful adaptation of a bitter attack on religious abuses.

Director:

Jacques Rivette

Writers:

Denis Diderot (novel), Jean Gruault | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Karina ... Suzanne
Liselotte Pulver ... Mme de Chelles
Micheline Presle ... Mme de Moni
Francine Bergé Francine Bergé ... Soeur Sainte-Christine
Francisco Rabal ... Dom Morel
Christiane Lénier Christiane Lénier ... Mme Simonin
Yori Bertin ... Soeur Saint-Thérèse
Catherine Diamant Catherine Diamant ... Soeur Saint-Ursule
Gilette Barbier ... Soeur Saint-Jean
Annik Morice Annik Morice ... Soeur Saint-Jéròme
Danielle Palmero Danielle Palmero ... Soeur Saint-Clément
Françoise Godde Françoise Godde ... La domestique
Jean Martin ... Monsieur Hébert
Marc Eyraud Marc Eyraud ... Le père Seraphin
Charles Millot ... Monsieur Simonin
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Storyline

In eighteenth-century France a girl (Suzanne Simonin) is forced against her will to take vows as a nun. Three mothers superior (Madame de Moni, Sister Sainte-Christine, and Madame de Chelles) treat her in radically different ways, ranging from maternal concern, to sadistic persecution, to lesbian desire. Suzanne's virtue brings disaster to everyone in this faithful adaptation of a bitter attack on religious abuses by the Enlightenment philosopher Denis Diderot. Written by English Showalter <showalte@crab.rutgers.edu>

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persecution | france | vow | girl | lesbian | See All (95) »

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

8 July 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Nun See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,273, 6 January 2019

Gross USA:

$30,245

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$32,659
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

Suzanne plays and sings the song "Plaisir D'Amour". The final title card identifies the time and place as 'Paris, 1760', but the song was not composed until 1785. See more »

Quotes

Suzanne: I dislike the convent, my condition, religion!
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Referenced in La Chinoise (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Plaisir D'Amour
Music by Johann Martini (as Jean Paul Egide Schwarzendorf a.k.a. "Jean Martini")
Lyrics by Jean-Pierre Claris de Florian
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impressive
8 July 2015 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

one of films who reflects inspired vision about Diderot's novel and high performances. one of the most impressive roles for Ana Karina and touching science for explore the detail for Liselotte Pulver. a film as puzzle of delicate nuances. subtle, cruel, delicate, precise, touching. and surprising for the atmosphere and for the image. reflecting the spirit of a period, it becomes a gem. for the grace and for the cruelty. for the vulnerability of each character and for the force of the lead character. for the beauty of image. and for the art of Jacques Rivette to use a theme in the most convincing manner. a film about freedom. and the fight for it.


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