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The Innocents

THE INNOCENTS

"Mesmerizes...both gentle and painful." - Seattle Times

The Innocents

About the Film

Warsaw, December 1945: the second World War is finally over and French Red Cross doctor Mathilde (Lou de Laage) is treating the last of the French survivors of the German camps. When a panicked Benedictine nun appears at the clinic begging Mathilde to follow her back to the convent, what she finds there is shocking: a holy sister about to give birth and several more in advanced stages of pregnancy. A non-believer, Mathilde enters the sisters’ fiercely private world, dictated by the rituals of their order and the strict Rev. Mother (Agata Kulesza, Ida). Fearing the shame of exposure, the hostility of the occupying Soviet troops and local Polish communists and while facing an unprecedented crisis of faith, the nuns increasingly turn to Mathilde as their beliefs and traditions clash with harsh realities. 

Director: Anne Fontaine
Release Date: 07/01/16

Reactions

"Leaves us with a fresh understanding of our capacity to respond to suffering with good or evil, and to find new definitions of grace and vocation.- Justin Chang, Variety

"A story of survival and rebuilding from ruins. Theirs is a history worth remembering." - Monica Castillo, RogerEbert.com

"A moving drama about the struggle to keep one’s faith in the most difficult of situations...a compelling deconstruction of how to cope and rebuild." - Jordan Raup, The Film Stage

"A near perfect film with restrained, yet powerful, performances, direction that allows the narrative to unfold in truly revelatory ways, surprising humor, and cinematography that begs translation into still photography." - J. Ryan Parker, Patheos.com

Awards & Festivals

  • Official Selection – Sundance Film Festival – U.S. Premiere
  • Official Selection – COLCOA
  • Official Selection – Film Fest DC
  • Official Selection – San Francisco Int'l Film Festival

Cast & Crew

Cast

Mathilde: Lou de Laâge
Sister Maria: Agata Buzek
Mother Abbess: Agata Kulesza
Samuel: Vincent Macaigne
Irena: Joanna Kulig
Teresa: Eliza Rycembel
Zofia: Anna Prochniak
Anna: Katarzyna Dabrowska

Crew

Director: Anne Fontaine
Writers: Sabrina B. Karine, Alice Vial
Producers: Eric Altmayer, Nicolas Altmayer
Cinematography: Caroline Champetier
Editor: Annette Dutertre

Technical Info

Production Year: 2016
Release Date: 07/01/16
Languages: French, Polish
Running Time: 1h 55m
Screen Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound: Dolby 5.1
Rating: PG-13

Theaters

Doylestown
Pennsylvania
11/11/16

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Awards & Festivals

  • Official Selection – Sundance Film Festival – U.S. Premiere
  • Official Selection – COLCOA
  • Official Selection – Film Fest DC
  • Official Selection – San Francisco Int'l Film Festival

Reactions

"Leaves us with a fresh understanding of our capacity to respond to suffering with good or evil, and to find new definitions of grace and vocation.- Justin Chang, Variety

"A story of survival and rebuilding from ruins. Theirs is a history worth remembering." - Monica Castillo, RogerEbert.com

"A moving drama about the struggle to keep one’s faith in the most difficult of situations...a compelling deconstruction of how to cope and rebuild." - Jordan Raup, The Film Stage

"A near perfect film with restrained, yet powerful, performances, direction that allows the narrative to unfold in truly revelatory ways, surprising humor, and cinematography that begs translation into still photography." - J. Ryan Parker, Patheos.com

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