The test of a good film is that you are still thinking about it the day after you watched it. This thought-provoking movie falls into that category with a fascinating insight into 18th century convent life. Superb performances from Huppert and Pauline Etienne add to the perfection.
A film exposing the harsh reality of the society and the rotten, vile (and sometimes lost) minds behind the Catholic Church of the 18th century. Beautiful costumes, interesting locations and set design, strong cast and performances. The lesbian scenes are almost comic, but so can be life sometimes - you can imagine they are not far off the reality. Nicely balanced, well shot and acted. Excellent!
Thinking about this movie two weeks after watching I´m still confused about Isabelle Huppert as the master nun completely failing it. The first half is drama with Huppert coming up it gets strangely constructed, nearly comedic.
Far more measured, austere (and ultimately optimistic) than Rivette's 1960s shocker with Anna Karina. What would Diderot have said about te changes? At least this one wasn't banned by the Church. Impressive, understated performance by Pauline Etienne,
I prefer the original French name La Religieuse, as it leads one into this extraordinary account of a young woman sent off to a convent in the 1700su by a family who did not wish to pay and wed a third daughter. There a bullying Abbess reduced her life to a misery as she struggled against the hypocracy of the Catholic Church riddled with a cruel inhumanity to its own innocents. It is reminiscent of Philomena.