La religieuse (The Nun)
La religieuse (The Nun) (1971)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 8, 1971
DVD Release Date: February 11, 1991
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

A great film that remains one of the cornerstones of the French New Wave.

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TV Guide

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.

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Time Out

The French censors banned the film for over a year, thus generating both notoriety and goodwill, neither justified.

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Keith Uhlich
Slant Magazine

A garish potboiler first and a harsh critique of religious institutions last.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

A beautiful, calm, austere movie that somehow manages to be remarkably faithful to the original, yet quite different in tone.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This is Rivette's most linear and comprehensible film.

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