From 15th November 2013, Cornerhouse
- 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
Subtitles: Full English
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