Director: Anne Fontaine

115 mins, France-Poland, 2016, Digital, Subtitled

This film was released  18th November 2016, and is no longer screening.

★★★★ Guardian

★★★★ Entertainment.ie

Poland, the winter of 1945; an isolated community of Benedictine nuns are the target for systematic abuse at the hands of the occupying Russian forces in Anne Fontaine’s (Coco Before Chanel) assured, sober period piece. A semi-fictionalised account of true events, The Innocents sees Mathilde Beaulieu (Lou de Laâge), a French Red Cross worker and former Resistance fighter become embroiled in a tragedy when she helps a young nun seeking treatment for a sister whom she claims is close to death. Visiting the abbey, Mathilde finds many of the nuns in an advanced state of pregnancy; compelled to action, she must first contend with the hierarchies of power within the convent, who will stop at nothing to suppress the shame of such a scandal, if she is to give these women the help they require. (Notes by David O’Mahony.)

The Innocents is also screening as part of the IFI French Film Festival, November 16th to November 27th.

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