‘The Innocents’ – Distilled

A cloister is no sanctuary: at the end of World War Two,  novices and nuns in a convent in Poland are raped and abused by their Russian ‘liberators.’ The pregnancies that result – the children who are brought into the world – as a consequence of this violation raise moral and existential questions, including questions of faith, despair, and religious doctrine, which each of the sisters must answer for themselves. However, all’s well in the end.

Beautiful performances.

Director: Anne Fontaine

Verdict: Powerful, moving (though about as much fun as a root canal) – but not quite Bergman. Bergman lite? Vodka, Polish or Russian

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