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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...



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mathilde Beaulieu
... Maria
... Mère Abesse
... Samuel
... Irena
... Teresa
... Anna
... Zofia
... Ludwika
Mira Maluszinska ... Bibiana
Dorota Kuduk ... Wanda
... Joanna
Pascal Elso ... Le colonel
Thomas Coumans ... Gaspard
Leon Latan-Paszek ... Wladek


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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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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Release Date:

10 February 2016 (France)  »

Also Known As:

The Innocents  »


Box Office


€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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Adèle Haenel was originally attached to play Mathilde. See more »


Mathilde Beaulieu: Good night
Mathilde Beaulieu: I don't want to
[avoiding the kiss from Samuel]
Samuel: Me neither
Mathilde Beaulieu: I mean it
Samuel: So do I
Samuel: What?
[as she tries to stop him from ascending the stairs]
Mathilde Beaulieu: You're too old
Samuel: Charming...
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Suite No. 2 in F Major, HWV 427: I. Adagio
Composed by George Frideric Handel (credited as G. F. Haendel)
Performed by Svyatoslav Richter (as Sviatoslav Richter)
(p) 1982 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company
Avec l'autorisation de Warner Music France
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Quite good!
17 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

Initially I gave this film a rating ten, but now I think it is worth nine. Nevertheless, the film is very good.

What I liked the best is the setting and the mood of the film. It is quite dark, quite cold ( set in the winter which somehow give something chilly to the already chilly and horrible story) and quite claustophobic ( if I may say that - since the most of the film is done inside a monastery and rooms/cells inside it).

The story is gripping and powerful. You can not really stay 'untouched' by the tragedies that the sisters have undergone. And although the scenes were not shown when it happened to them - the scene where it almost happened to the nurse was enough to get the glimpse of what must have been like.

The actors were all great - sisters and the nurse especially. I had a bit of a trouble to 'get into' the main doctor's character. I understand French and his way of speaking and making sentences was quite quite strange. But I guess it is meant to be like that.

I also liked it was a mix of Polish and French. I know French and Polish is similar in some ways to Serbian so it was also nice to compare some words.

I do recommend this film. Though must say that winter time would be more suitable for watching it ( to really get into the atmosphere).

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