Film – The Nun / La religieuse (Cornerhouse)

From 15th November 2013, Cornerhouse

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12A

  • Guillaume Nicloux
  • In French, Latin
  • 112 mins

Born into a bourgeois family in France in the 1760s, Suzanne 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, 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, who develops an inappropriate affectionate bond with her…

Adapted  from  Diderot’s  eponymous  novel,  The  Nun  tells  the  story of  a  woman  trying  to  resist  imposed  religious  values, revealing  the dehumanizing effect of cloistered life.

Cast: Pauline Etienne, Isabelle Huppert, Louise Bourgoin, Martina Gedeck
Country: France, Germany, Belgium
Year: 2013
Subtitles: Full English

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