The first 30 minutes or so were drab and meandering and I nearly turned it off, however the rest was quite good from after where she faints. Isabelle Huppert managed to do wonders with slightly ridiculous material and the cinematography was on point throughout. Almost great!
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,
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.
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.