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Les novices (1970)

Agnes is a nun who goes with her order to the beach for a swim in the ocean. Agnes finds some perfectly-fitting mod garb and a motor bike left for her to use, and she takes off on an adventurous romp.


Guy Casaril, Claude Chabrol (uncredited)


Guy Casaril (scenario), Paul Gégauff (dialogue)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brigitte Bardot ... Agnès
Annie Girardot ... Mona Lisa
Jean Carmet ... Le client au chien
Jacques Duby Jacques Duby ... Le chauffeur d'ambulance
Jess Hahn ... L'Américain
Jacques Jouanneau Jacques Jouanneau ... Le client Mona Lisa
Noël Roquevert ... Le sadique
Dominique Zardi Dominique Zardi ... Agent au commissariat
Angelo Bardi Angelo Bardi ... Le client du village
Lucien Barjon Lucien Barjon ... Homme de l'ambulance
Marc Deus Marc Deus ... Le prêtre
Michel Duplaix Michel Duplaix ... Le vendeur d'autos (as Michel Dupleix)
Clément Michu Clément Michu ... Le client en double file
Antonio Passalia Antonio Passalia ... Play-boy
Jean Roquel Jean Roquel ... Le chauffeur de taxi


Agnes is a nun who goes with her order to the beach for a swim in the ocean. Agnes finds some perfectly-fitting mod garb and a motor bike left for her to use, and she takes off on an adventurous romp.

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Comedy | Drama


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France | Italy



Release Date:

April 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Novices See more »

Filming Locations:

Brittany, France See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Original director Guy Casaril lacked experience behind the camera, and did such a bad job at directing the film that he was replaced by veteran director Claude Chabrol, who failed to salvage the film and refused to allow his name to appear on the credits. See more »


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This one just didn't work....
3 October 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Talk about bizarre casting--having Brigitte Bardot playing a nun who is inexperienced when it comes to enticing men! That's like having Oliver Hardy write a diet book--it just doesn't work! So, from the outset, the premise is extremely flawed and might have worked a lot better with a more plain and less worldly actress. I have enjoyed Bardot in quite a few films, but imagine the star of "And God Created Woman" and "Contempt" in such a silly role! In addition, I am sure this must have ruffled a few feathers--a comedy about a nun who becomes a prostitute!! The film begins with Bardot in a nunnery for sexy girls age 18-35 (or so it would seem). Such an order would DEFINITELY not go unnoticed!! Anyway, the sexy nuns go on an outing to the beach and quickly shed their frocks for bathing suits. Do nuns EVER do this?! Well, in this bizarre film they evidently do!! For some reason we never understand, Bardot slips away and goes off to see the world. But because she is such a naive woman (!!!!), she is totally lost and is taken in by a prostitute. Without money or job skills, eventually she decides to become a professional woman herself--and is completely inept at the art of seduction(!!!). Again and again, she can't quite bring herself to follow through and actually sleep with anyone! This part of the film, while ridiculous, is at least a bit funny.

Eventually, Brigitte realizes she is NOT cut out for the life of a hooker and gets a real job driving an ambulance. However, her friend (the hooker with the heart of gold) soon realizes that they can combine the two professions--with Bardot driving an ambulance that makes house-calls, so to speak. In some ways, this is reminiscent of the later American film "Night Shift"--where morgue attendants use their facility as a brothel. There is a cute scene where a woman is in labor and is taken by police to this vehicle--though when the lady gives birth, it is the CLEANEST birth in the history of the planet! Unfortunately, around this time the film loses its steam and just kind of languishes aimlessly. Like the last Harry Potter book, they go on some sort of extended camping trip that seems to go on and on and on--with little actually justifying this little diversion. Stealing chickens, destroying their ambulance and more seem to occur for no reason whatsoever--like the film had run out of ideas. And so the film limps to a conclusion...very, very slowly.

This is a film I can only recommend to die-hard Bardot fans and the extremely curious. It's not a terrible film--it just doesn't make much sense and is poorly written. Sure, it has a few clever moments--but not enough to overcome all its deficiencies.

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