La religieuse (The Nun)
La religieuse (The Nun) (2013)

France, in the 1760s. Born into a bourgeois family, Suzanne (Pauline Etienne) 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… More

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Genre: Drama
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

Measured and sensible, The Nun lacks the full-on claustrophobic horror of a film like The Magdalene Sisters and moves through events at a matter-of-fact distance.

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Trevor Johnston
Radio Times

It's a generally classy yet dramatically underpowered affair traversing a steady path between respectable costume drama and habit-lifting exploitation.

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Matthew Turner
ViewLondon

With impressive production design and a strong script, this is an engaging, well made French period drama anchored by a superb performance from Pauline Etienne, though the tone wobbles in the final act and the ending is curiously abrupt.

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Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

Pauline Etienne as the heroine is a harmonising centre, believable, luminous, quiet-spoken, poignant.

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Charlotte O'Sullivan
This is London

Looks as tasteful as can be but, in terms of emotion, lacks any kind of finesse.

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Sophie Monks Kaufman
Little White Lies

This Isabelle Huppert drama starts promisingly, but sadly reveals itself as a piece of hackneyed nunsploitation.

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Catherine Shoard
Observer [UK]

It's an affecting and frank take on the loneliness of faith as well as faithlessness, whose horrors come in odd contrast to the plush production values.

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

Guillaume Nicloux has, alongside Jérôme Beaujour, crafted a stately and atmospheric adaptation of Denis Diderot's novel, which is driven onwards by a powerful central female performance.

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Henry Barnes
Guardian

This is dark but comedic, with plenty of frills beneath the habit.

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