The Innocents

July 2nd, 2016


The Innocents

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Release Year: 2016

Rating: 7.2/10 ( voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: Anne Fontaine

Stars: Lou de Laâge, Agata Buzek, Agata Kulesza

Poland, winter of 1945. Mathilde Beaulieu (Lou de Lâage) is a young intern working with a branch of the French Red Cross. They are on a mission to find, treat and repatriate French survivors of the German camps. One day, a Polish nun arrives in the hospital. In very poor French, she begs Mathilde to come to her convent. Mathilde life and beliefs change when she discovers the advanced state of pregnancy that affect several of the Sisters of the convent just outside the hospital where she performs.

Writers: Pascal Bonitzer, Pascal Bonitzer, Lou de Laâge, Agata Buzek, Agata Kulesza, Lou de Laâge, Agata Buzek, Agata Kulesza, Vincent Macaigne, Joanna Kulig, Eliza Rycembel, Katarzyna Dabrowska, Anna Próchniak, Helena Sujecka, Mira Maluszinska, Dorota Kuduk, Klara Bielawka, Pascal Elso, Thomas Coumans, Leon Latan-Paszek, , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Lou de Laâge - Mathilde Beaulieu
Agata Buzek - Maria
Agata Kulesza - Mère Abesse
Vincent Macaigne - Samuel
Joanna Kulig - Irena
Eliza Rycembel - Teresa
Katarzyna Dabrowska - Anna
Anna Próchniak - Zofia
Helena Sujecka - Ludwika
Mira Maluszinska - Bibiana
Dorota Kuduk - Wanda
Klara Bielawka - Joanna
Pascal Elso - Le colonel
Thomas Coumans - Gaspard
Leon Latan-Paszek - Wladek

Country: France, Poland

Language: French, Polish, Russian

Release Date: 3 Jan 2016

Filming Locations: Orneta, Warminsko-Mazurskie, Poland

Box Office Details

Budget: €6,000,000 (estimated)

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Adèle Haenel was originally attached to play Mathilde. See more »

User Review



Based on true events that occurred in Poland during post WW2 period, the tale of Sisters, nuns in a convent, where some of them were raped by Soviet soldiers and found themselves pregnant. So, a young French war nurse is called for help, to pull the confinements. You have here an outstanding and poignant story held by powerful performances. I sometimes thought of John Ford's SEVEN WOMEN, another pure female movie, a women's atmosphere where the bunch has to fight against the out world. I will insist on the Mother Superior character whose performance reminds me the Paul Scofield's one, in John Frankenheimer's THE TRAIN, where he was a cold iced, ruthless German officer, so deeply dedicated, at the extreme, to what he truly believed in. This female character here, as the convent directress, is the same kind of character. Terrific.

A powerful film that I highly recommend


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