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The Innocents (2016)

Les innocentes (original title)
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1945 Mathilde is a French Red Cross doctor working on a mission to help the French survivors of the German camps. While she works in Poland, she is asked for help by a nun.: in her convent, several nuns got pregnant...

Director:

Anne Fontaine

Writers:

Sabrina B. Karine (scenario), Alice Vial (scenario) | 3 more credits »
3 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lou de Laâge ... Mathilde Beaulieu
Agata Buzek ... Maria
Agata Kulesza ... Mère Abesse
Vincent Macaigne ... Samuel
Joanna Kulig ... Irena
Eliza Rycembel ... Teresa
Katarzyna Dabrowska ... Anna
Anna Próchniak ... Zofia
Helena Sujecka ... Ludwika
Mira Maluszinska Mira Maluszinska ... Bibiana
Dorota Kuduk Dorota Kuduk ... Wanda
Klara Bielawka ... Joanna
Pascal Elso Pascal Elso ... Le colonel
Thomas Coumans Thomas Coumans ... Gaspard
Leon Latan-Paszek Leon Latan-Paszek ... Wladek
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Poland, winter of 1945. Mathilde Beaulieu (Lou de Lâage) is a young intern working with a branch of the French Red Cross. They are on a mission to find, treat and repatriate French survivors of the German camps. One day, a Polish nun arrives in the hospital. In very poor French, she begs Mathilde to come to her convent. Mathilde life and beliefs change when she discovers the advanced state of pregnancy that affect several of the Sisters of the convent just outside the hospital where she performs.

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Powerful and moving. Examines every moral crevice of an unthinkable scenario. See more »

Genres:

Drama | History

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic material including sexual assault, and for some bloody images and brief suggestive content | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Poland

Language:

French | Polish | Russian

Release Date:

10 February 2016 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Innocents See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$127,112, 8 July 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,063,893, 2 October 2016
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Director Anne Fontaine went on two retreats in Benedictine communities in preparation for the film, first as an observer and second as a novice. See more »

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Maria: Dear Mathilde, the dark clouds have been hunted. We have here the sun in the sky. And you are in our hearts. Other wars may come. Other dangers threaten us, it will soon be difficult to write to us. But whatever our fate is, I feel ready to face it. I know, even if it makes you laugh, God sent you. Let him accompany you through the trials and that joy never misses you. Yours, Maria.
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Deus in adjutorium (pièces grégoriennes)
Written by Hildegard von Bingen
Performed by the chorus, with Elsa Papatanasios, Emmanuelle Huteau, Marie George Monet, Nathalie Liess
(p) Mandarin Cinéma
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About faith and morals in the post WW2 Poland
11 July 2016 | by Ayal OrenSee all my reviews

That's why I go to film festivals, (mostly the Jerusalem Film Festival). For the opportunity of seeing such rare masterpieces. A perfect blend of acting - especially the three leads but there's not a single false note from any of the characters we get to see on screen; Cinematography; and story telling.

Lou de Laage, Agata Buzek and Agata Kulesza, are simply superb in their roles, but they are only the cherries on the top of one of the best ensemble works I've ever seen. The cinematography is breathtaking. And the story, it's more than a simple story about the horrors of war, and how it preys on the innocents. It's a story about the morals of faith. About believing in god's grace comes what may, as opposed to believing in the holiness of life. If you get a chance to see it, don't miss it - you won't regret it.


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