French Film Festival - The Innocents
2 April 2017
This movie is from our archive and is not currently screening.
Starring Lou de Laâge, Joanna Kulig, Agata Buzek, Vincent Macaigne.
Directed by ANNE FONTAINE.
Classification: M, 117 mins.
Country: France, Poland .
Note: English subtitles.
Alliance Francaise French Film Festival
Premiering to critical acclaim at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, this powerful film centres around a remarkable woman who is thrust into unthinkable and disturbing circumstances in director Anne Fontaine’s (Gemma Bovery, AF FFF15) latest offering.
It is the end of World War II in Poland and hostilities have ceased. Mathilde (a charismatic Lou de Laâge, Breathe, AF FFF15), is a young doctor caring for French soldiers in a Red Cross hospital. A desperate plea from a nun convinces Mathilde to break protocol and visit a local Benedictine convent where she is shocked to find a nun in the midst of a complicated labor and several more in various stages of pregnancy. As she uncovers the truth of what occurred, she begins the demanding task to care for these women while navigating the reluctance of the wary Mother Superior, played with force by Agata Kulesza of the Oscar-winning film Ida (2013).
The Innocents chronicles a largely forgotten piece of history based on the astonishing true experiences of Madeleine Pauliac. Dealing with the complex issues of war and faith, it will leave you profoundly moved, long after the credits roll.