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Les novices (1970)

R | | Comedy, Drama | April 1975 (USA)
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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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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Fun with Nuns
17 August 2009 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

For a second there I though I was watching March of the Penguins, but it was just a collection of nuns in habits enjoying a frolic in the sea.

One of those nuns was nun other than Brigette Bardot, looking absolutely gorgeous at 36. Why she abandoned her convent life and went on a stealing rampage is unexplained, but it wasn't long before a dog became involved.

She looked over her situation: money - nun. food - nun. place to sleep - nun, job -nun. It looked hopeless, but a kind-hearted working girl took pity. She met Mona Lisa (Annie Girardot) and was taken care of.

Time came for Bardot to earn her own way. The training and first night were hilarious. She looked like Orphan Annie in her costume.

Well, that didn't work out, so she got a job driving an ambulance, which worked fine at night as Mona Lisa could give "examinations" in the back.

But, things do not always go as planned. After several failures, they end up back on the beach with the nuns.

Nudity: nun, but it was funny.

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