The Innocents (2016)

The Innocents (2016)

The Innocents (2016)

During the aftermath of WWII, Mathilde (Lou de Laâge), a young doctor, is urged to visit a local Polish convent. There she finds a nun in labour, and hears other grim tales from other sisters, many of whom still cannot face their own pregnancy, with the army responsible now having disappeared. 

"Based on true events, this thrilling drama will have you on the edge of your seat to see what happens. Superlative director Anne Fontaine, who brought us Adore (2013 Sundance Film Festival) and Coco Before Chanel, is at her best when transporting us to intimate worlds of women courageously crossing verboten boundaries." (Sundance Film Festival)

2016Rating: M, Mature themes and sexual violence115 minsFrance, PolandFrench, Polish and Russian with English subtitles
DramaWorld CinemaFestival & Independent

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The Innocents (2016) / Reviews

Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

You’ve never seen a World War II film like this before. Based on actual post-war events, The Innocents follows a Polish convent housing several pregnant nuns – victims of an “indescribable nightmare” – who are due to give birth. They cannot turn to a local doctor, for the nuns would be evicted and disgraced. They cannot turn to a Russian doctor, since their soldiers caused this unspeakable horror. Their only hope – aside from God – is a French Red Cross doctor who must keep their secret.

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Variety

Variety

Hope and horror are commingled to quietly moving effect in The Innocents, a restrained but cumulatively powerful French-Polish drama about the various crises of faith that emerge when a house of God is ravaged by war.

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Total Film

Total Film

Echoes of Ida and Of Gods and Men sound in its stark, unsparing theme of war battling with belief, despite the odd hopeful plot twist.

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Time Out

Time Out

An emotionally involving rather than harrowing film, with scenes as beautiful as oil paintings.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

"The Innocents" weaves several narrative strands into a complex of themes that sometimes pull against one another.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

It pales in comparison with, say, Paweł Pawlikowski's Ida. Yet it is fervently and strongly performed.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

Through the events of the story, values are questioned, authority challenged and the whole system forced to reshape itself.

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Stuff

Stuff

A sensitive, snow-laden fable which captivates until its final frames.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

"The Innocents" soars above its seeming contradictions.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

What thus remains is a film that looks painterly and features solid performances but which lacks a key that would unlock the emotional, spiritual and ideological mysteries that hide behind this unfocused retelling of the facts.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Played with restraint and individuality by a fine ensemble, this is a moving but provocative study of belief, duty, compassion and acceptance.

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