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The Nun

A Feature film by Guillaume Nicloux

Produced by Les Films du Worso

Release in France : 20/03/2013

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France 3 Cinéma, Rhône-Alpes Cinéma, Hérodiade

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France, in the 1760s. Born to a bourgeois family, Suzanne (Pauline Etienne) is a beautiful young girl with a natural talent for music. Despite her faith, she is dismayed when her parents send her off to a convent, expecting her to become a nun. Suzanne first resists the rules of the convent, but soon finds out that she is an illegitimate child, leaving her no other option than to pronounce her vows and suffer the consequences of her mother’s sin.
She soon wants to escape the religious path and is trying to revoke her vows when the Mother Superior, who had brought her comfort and solace, dies. Her successor, Sister Christine (Louise Bourgoin), turns out to be a sadistic and cruel Mother Superior, inflicting the worst forms of humiliation upon Suzanne, such as depriving her of food and clothing. Suzanne is finally transferred to another convent, where she discovers another kind of Mother Superior (Isabelle Huppert), who develops an inappropriate affectionate bond with her…
Adapted from Diderot’s eponymous novel, The Nun tells the story of a woman trying to resist imposed religious values, revealing the dehumanizing effect of cloistered life.



The Nun

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Executive Producer :

Sylvie Pialat

Author of original work :

Denis Diderot

Screenwriters :

Guillaume Nicloux, Jérôme Beaujour

Director of Photography :

Yves Cape

Production Manager :

Didier Abot

Editor :

Guy Lecorne

Production Designer :

Olivier Radot

Casting :

Brigitte Moidon

Production secretary :

Cécile Regnauld

Assistant Director :

Guy-William Adoh

Associate Producer :

Gilles Sitbon

Foreign Producer :

Jacques-Henri Bronckart

Sound recordists :

Olivier Dô Hûu, Julie Brenta, Christian Monheim

Press Attachés (film) :

Laurence Granec, Karine Ménard

Assistant Editor :

Michaël Phelippeau

Music Composer :

Max Richter

Costume designer :

Anaïs Romand

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Feature film

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Majority French (France, Belgium, Germany)

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1 h 54 min

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Dolby SRD

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