La religieuse (The Nun)
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This critically acclaimed moral drama is taken from a book written in 1760 by Denis Diderot. Suzanne (Anna Karina) is an intelligent, freedom-loving woman who is forced into a convent against her will. The fact that she was sired by a man who is not her mother's husband -- and that a suitable dowry cannot be paid for her -- bring her to the church. Suzanne endures continual harassment from one Mother Superior (Micheline Presle). Transferred to a different convent, she becomes subject to lesbian leanings from another Mother Superior (Liselotte Pulver), who flees with a priest (Francisco… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A great film that remains one of the cornerstones of the French New Wave."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A riveting religious drama set in 18th-century France which casts French New Wave favorite Karina as a young nun forced into the convent for financial reasons."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The French censors banned the film for over a year, thus generating both notoriety and goodwill, neither justified."
‑ , Time Out
"A garish potboiler first and a harsh critique of religious institutions last."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Slant Magazine
"A beautiful, calm, austere movie that somehow manages to be remarkably faithful to the original, yet quite different in tone."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"This is Rivette's most linear and comprehensible film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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