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Avril (2006)

Avril is a novice in a convent of "Baptistine" sisters, a monastic order which was officially dissolved by the end of the nineteenth century but that is kept alive by Mère Marie Joseph, the... See full summary »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sophie Quinton ... Avril
Miou-Miou ... Soeur Bernadette, formerly Flora Romano
Nicolas Duvauchelle ... Pierre
Clément Sibony ... David
Richaud Valls Richaud Valls ... Jim
Geneviève Casile Geneviève Casile ... Mère Marie-Joseph
Monique Mélinand Monique Mélinand ... Soeur Céleste
Anna Mihalcea Anna Mihalcea ... Flora
Claude Duty Claude Duty ... Père Jean Diard
Mathilde Mignot Mathilde Mignot ... Avril enfant
Frédéric Quiring Frédéric Quiring ... Le père adoptif de David
Marie Vinoy Marie Vinoy ... La mère adoptive de David
Milo Hustache-Mathieu Milo Hustache-Mathieu ... David enfant
Gisèle Boiteux Gisèle Boiteux ... Une Trappistine
Denise Billot Denise Billot ... Une Trappistine
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Avril is a novice in a convent of "Baptistine" sisters, a monastic order which was officially dissolved by the end of the nineteenth century but that is kept alive by Mère Marie Joseph, the sadistic superior. The rule she imposes on the nuns is particularly strict but this is all Avril has ever known since she was born, for she was an abandoned child raised by the nuns with a view to making one of them. While Avril is on retreat, locked in for a fortnight in a chapel prior to taking her vows, Soeur Bernadette, a sympathetic sister, discloses a secret to her: she has a twin brother and she encourages her to go looking for him... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Official Sites:

Haut et Court [France]

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

14 June 2006 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A zárdán túl See more »

Filming Locations:

Calvados, France See more »

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€2,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby SR

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Luna de abril
(2001)
Written by Carlos Cano and Luis Alberto Spinetta
Performed by María Dolores Pradera
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If Miou-Miou can't save it...
13 May 2009 | by bob998See all my reviews

... then why bother seeing it, I say. This is an often-risible, hardly believable story of a novice who takes two weeks off to find her twin brother and herself in the Camargue (lovely shots of the beaches). I did not believe this story for one minute, although the actors are appealing, especially the broad-faced Sophie Quinton and slim, athletic Clément Sibony, who plays her brother.

I suppose the French tradition of careful reconstruction of political, social or spiritual themes is now lost forever. I kept thinking wistfully of La Réligieuse, Thérèse, La Faute de l'Abbé Mouret, Le Journal d'un curé de campagne and any other film that crossed my mind as Avril unfolded before my disbelieving eyes. The last fifteen minutes were called absurd by some commenters, but I never found any solid ground in the picture. That Mother Superior was straight out of Bunuel.


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