La religieuse (The Nun)
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La religieuse (The Nun)
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 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. Adapted from Diderot's eponymous novel, The Nun tells the story of a woman trying to resist imposed religious values, revealing the… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"It's a generally classy yet dramatically underpowered affair traversing a steady path between respectable costume drama and habit-lifting exploitation."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Radio Times
"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."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"A strangely drab adaptation of Diderot's much racier novel."
‑ Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine
"Pauline Etienne as the heroine is a harmonising centre, believable, luminous, quiet-spoken, poignant."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"Looks as tasteful as can be but, in terms of emotion, lacks any kind of finesse."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London
"This Isabelle Huppert drama starts promisingly, but sadly reveals itself as a piece of hackneyed nunsploitation."
‑ Sophie Monks Kaufman, Little White Lies
"Though Etienne and Huppert are fantastic, Guillaume Nicloux's adaptation of Denis Diderot's novel is neither nunsploitation nor chamber piece, just about working as a sermon on hypocrisy."
‑ Josh Winning, Total Film
"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."
‑ Catherine Shoard, Observer [UK]
"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."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"This is dark but comedic, with plenty of frills beneath the habit."
‑ Henry Barnes, Guardian
"Nicloux escalates Suzanne's travails at just the right pace, wrestling his final act back from "The Perils of Pauline" territory to conclude with an shocking suggestion which brings the material's themes back to the forefront."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
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