The Nun

6.51 h 51 min201513+
1760s France. Suzanne is shocked when her bourgeois family sends her to a convent. There she faces oppression and torment, leading her to fight back and expose the dehumanizing effect of cloistered life.
Guillaume Nicloux
Pauline EtienneIsabelle HuppertLouise Bourgoin
English [CC]
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Frank RomanReviewed in the United States on March 31, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Just another "Look how evil the Catholic church is"
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But it is well done, it is impactful and the performances are grand. Although it does show the worst that could happen to a girl, forced into the religious life by her family, the bad parts are over done, she was confrontational, as she did not want to be there at a time when women were expected to obey but the torture or the unwanted "love" go beyond any punishment deserved. A lot of blame is placed on the "Catholic church" and it is portrayed as an evil institution, but if you peel back the layers you find it is not the church but people in general and their evil deeds using the church, after all it was her own mother who put her in the convent, her sisters who felt jealous, it was family who did not want to support a girl, or made the child go into religious life thinking it would earn them points in heaven, no one in her family actually loved her etc.. at any rate it was very rare to have a girl committed to a convent and forced to take vows, mostly they kept them at novice level until they decided, or at least they would have kept her from a public ceremony (becoming a nun is very public, all family is invited because it is a wedding), and she did agree even if coerced, she did take the vow, something that was taken very seriously. Not saying there are not evil people like in St. Marie's convent but those are not nuns or Godly women, those are criminals and psychos and there is a special place in hell for them, for the most part the Catholic church is filled with a lot of self sacrifice but a lot of joy goes into devoting your life to service, be it as a teacher, nurse or just cloistered nun depending on the order and this movie does not show that nor the deep love for GOD, many of the people who join the church are well educated and go into the religious life willingly and are treated with respect and loved by their peers, this movie portrays everyone as emotionally disturbed freaks. I wish every single girl found dead and wasted on drugs on a back alley or every little girl who becomes a sex slave would have a chance to serve in a convent and be taught by kind older females. The Catholic church is one of last frontiers santan has, so I guess that is why a lot of movie makers attack it. The ending is sudden and incomplete as if they got tired and ran out of ideas, they do not explain or at least give an hint of what her half brother plans to do, he also looks like a freak. The people in the movie did not start happy, they had no happy times during the movie and at the end they finished just as miserable. This movie is mostly another excuse to try to malign Christianity and how some people choose to practice it. I did give it extra stars for the costumes and setting because they are gorgeous, I found myself, rewinding just to look at them in the habits, those with red at the end are stunning and in a group impressive. Nuns are beautiful. p.s. This film is a re-make of a 1966 from a novel by Denis Diderot.
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Christina S.Reviewed in the United States on April 8, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
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As a woman who spent four years in two different convents, this movie portrays the reality of convent life for many young women. Most people are unaware of what goes on behind convent walls, but the fact is many young women are abused; emotionally, psychologically, and even physically. It's something that needs to be spoken about more, and not swept under the rug. I myself had an abusive novice director in both communities, and yes, the lack of living of chastity, poverty, and obedience, yeah that's true. Many of these religious sisters are anything but religious, I know because I lived with them, and many other women I have encountered experienced the same.
Laurel HartshornReviewed in the United States on September 12, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
Falls Flat
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Spoiler alert: This story dredges up the worst of anything that can happen to a nun and then ends with her escaping to her true, powerful, rich father who dies immediately after. The ending is sudden and incomplete. This movie just seems to be an excuse to try to malign religion. It really fell flat for me.
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MATZReviewed in the United States on April 12, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
If At First You Don't Succeed......
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If you have had any curiosity about what goes on behind the walls of a convent in the 18th century, this is the movie to see. Actually it reminded me very much of the recent movie that touches on the same subject, the Polish movie, "Ida." The main differences would be in the young novitiates: one was entirely willing to devout her life to convent life, while the other was willing to sacrifice all she could to leave convent life. It's an exceptionally well made movie with excellent performances by the young Pauline Etienne, and the veteran actress, Isabelle Huppert. Despite the intensity of the drama, there are some very subtle touches of humor that should draw out a chuckle or two.
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BettyReviewed in the United States on January 12, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Disliked the story line
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The acting was great, especially the main actress but the storyline was terrible. Everything that happened to her in the convent was terrible and depressing. I was expecting for this movie to be about a nun that had heard her calling and was ready to serve the Lord, instead this movie was about deceit, greed, lust, sin. It is a very anti-Catholic movie. I did not like the feeling I had after watching this movie.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on December 9, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
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What a beautifully done movie! Amazing scenes and actors. Yes as mentioned in previous comments, this movie might be portraying the Catholic religion as villainous... but I would rather adventure to say that it shows the negative and beautiful ways people can use power (religion, status, etc) to manipulate others or to encourage self-growth and love. Watching the courage of the main character (Suzanne)... I kept forgetting she was portraying to be a 17 year old nun! She did her role flawlessly.
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Miami GirlReviewed in the United States on June 18, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Rather boring
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Rather boring. - Beautifully filmed, realistic, but it goes on and on with them same theme.
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Stephanie E. HornReviewed in the United States on February 20, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
A great movie for the Catholic Family
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An Unwilling girl and orphan with a way to live, but unsure of how she truly feels.
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