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La religieuse (2013)

Not Rated | | Drama | January 2015 (USA)
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1760s France. Suzanne is shocked when her bourgeois family sends her to a convent. There she faces oppression and torment, leading her to fight back and expose the dehumanizing effect of cloistered life.

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Guillaume Nicloux

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Denis Diderot (novel), Guillaume Nicloux (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pauline Etienne ... Suzanne Simonin
Isabelle Huppert ... Supérieure Saint-Eutrope
Louise Bourgoin ... Supérieure Christine
Martina Gedeck ... Madame Simonin, mère de Suzanne
Françoise Lebrun Françoise Lebrun ... Madame de Moni
Agathe Bonitzer Agathe Bonitzer ... Soeur Thérèse
Alice de Lencquesaing Alice de Lencquesaing ... Soeur Ursule
Gilles Cohen Gilles Cohen ... Père de Suzanne
Marc Barbé Marc Barbé ... Père Castella
François Négret François Négret ... Maître Manouri
Lou Castel ... Baron de Lasson
Nicolas Jouhet Nicolas Jouhet ... Prêtre Sainte-Marie
Pascal Bongard ... L'archidiacre
Pierre Nisse ... Marquis de Croismare
Fabrizio Rongione ... Père Morante
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France, in the 1760s. Born to a bourgeois family, Suzanne (Pauline Etienne) is a beautiful young girl with a natural talent for music. Despite her faith, she is dismayed when her parents send her off to a convent, expecting her to become a nun. Suzanne first resists the rules of the convent, but soon finds out that she is an illegitimate child, leaving her no other option than to pronounce her vows and suffer the consequences of her mother's sin. She soon wants to escape the religious path and is trying to revoke her vows when the Mother Superior, who had brought her comfort and solace, dies. Her successor, Sister Christine (Louise Bourgoin), turns out to be a sadistic and cruel Mother Superior, inflicting the worst forms of humiliation upon Suzanne, such as depriving her of food and clothing. Suzanne is finally transferred to another convent, where she discovers another kind of Mother Superior (Isabelle Huppert), who develops an inappropriate affectionate bond with her... Adapted ... Written by lletaif

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Forgive me Father for I have sinned
14 June 2015 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

Denis Diderot wrote La Religieuse (The Nun) in 1780 and the power in this story remains intact in this screen adaptation by Guillaume Nicloux (who also directs) and Jérôme Beaujour. Diderot was a radical freethinker, rejecting conventional dogma and associated himself with some of the most enlightened philosophers of his age. His books were burned and Diderot himself served three months in Vincennes prison in retaliation for his attacks on the conventional morality of the day. Some of his books were considered so radical that they were banned until after his death.

The story takes place in France, in the 1760s. Born to a bourgeois family, Suzanne (Pauline Etienne) is a beautiful young girl with a natural talent for music. Despite her faith, she is dismayed when her parents send her off to a convent, expecting her to become a nun. Suzanne first resists the rules of the convent, but soon finds out that she is an illegitimate child, leaving her no other option than to pronounce her vows and suffer the consequences of her mother's sin. She soon wants to escape the religious path and is trying to revoke her vows when the Mother Superior, who had brought her comfort and solace, dies. Her successor, Sister Christine (Louise Bourgoin), turns out to be a sadistic and cruel Mother Superior, inflicting the worst forms of humiliation upon Suzanne, such as depriving her of food and clothing. Suzanne is finally transferred to another convent, where she discovers another kind of Mother Superior (Isabelle Huppert), who develops an inappropriate affectionate bond with her. The story is one of a woman trying to resist imposed religious values, revealing the dehumanizing effect of cloistered life.

Pauline Etienne is radiant as Suzanne and as always Isabelle Huppert delivers a riveting performance. The costumes by Anaïs Romand are especially fine as is the musical score by Max Richter. This is a superb film on every level.


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