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The Nun - © Renaud Monfourny

The Nun

A Feature film by Guillaume Nicloux

Produced by Les Films du Worso

Release in France : 20/03/2013


    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

    Assistant Operator :

    Sylvain Zambelli

    Press Attachés (film) :

    Laurence Granec, Karine Ménard

    Sound editor :

    Julie Brenta

    Production Designer :

    Olivier Radot

    Casting :

    Brigitte Moidon

    Sound Mixer :

    Olivier Dô Hûu

    Assistant Director :

    Guy-William Adoh

    Associate Producer :

    Gilles Sitbon

    Foreign producers :

    Jacques-Henri Bronckart, Benoît Quainon

    Sound Recordist :

    Christian Monheim

    Production Manager :

    Didier Abot

    Editor :

    Guy Lecorne

    Assistant Editor :

    Michaël Phelippeau

    Music Composer :

    Max Richter

    Costume designer :

    Anaïs Romand

    Production secretary :

    Cécile Regnauld

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    1 h 54 min

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