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Cartas de amor de una monja (1978)

The story of nuns and their sexuality during the days of the Spanish Inquisition in 1640.


Jorge Grau


Gemma Arquer (screenplay), Gemma Arquer (story) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Analía Gadé ... Madre Mariana de la Cruz
Alfredo Alcón ... Don Agustín Rojas
Teresa Gimpera ... Isabel
Fernando Sánchez Polack ... Jerónimo
Lina Romay ... María
Carme Fortuny Carme Fortuny ... Madre Margarita (as Carmen Fortuny)
Virginia Mataix ... Natalia
Nélida Quiroga Nélida Quiroga ... Madre de Don Agustín
Coral Pellicer Coral Pellicer ... Monja tornera
Carmen Pastor Carmen Pastor ... Criada 1ª
Ana Galván Ana Galván ... Criada 2ª
José María Labernié José María Labernié ... Inquisidor
José Ramón Larraz José Ramón Larraz ... Familiar de la Inquisición
Antonio Orengo Antonio Orengo ... Capellán
Roberto Cruz Roberto Cruz ... Mendigo


Set in 1640 Spain. Mother superior Mariana attends the death of her sister's husband along with servants and parish priest. The inconsolable widow fondles her husband's body as though he were still alive, kissing his genitalia until the Mother Superior intervenes. Aroused by her sister's final grieving act, she writes a confessional letter to Father Augustin, embarrassed to do so in person at confession the next day. That night one of the novices, Maria comes to the Mother's room raving about nightly visitations by a pilgrim, and mistakes the maternal affectations of the Mother as romantic, and sexually ravages her. Mother Mariana slaps Maria, then Maria attempts to masturbate with a wooden crucifix. When other nuns arrive, Maria is accused of demonic possession. At confession, Mariana confesses romantic feelings for Father Augustin, and they discuss wavering faith in vows, and intellectually raise several great points concerning religious belief - if God is present in all things, ... Written by Paul Gerard Kennedy

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Release Date:

29 September 1978 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Love Letters of a Nun See more »

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Constan Films S.A. See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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References Love Letters of a Portuguese Nun (1977) See more »

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