The Innocents

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  115 min.
Release Date: July 15, 2016 - Toronto, Vancouver - July 15, 2016 - Toronto, Vancouver

Current rating: Rating: 4.67
based on 6 votes and 3 reviews
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Cast: Lou de Laâge, Agata Buzek, Agata Kulesza, Vincent Macaigne, Joanna Kulig


Mathilde Beaulieu (Lou de Laâge), a young nurse, is working with a branch of the French Red Cross in Poland in the winter of 1945, after WWII has ended. They are there to find French survivors of the German camps to treat them and bring them home.

One day, a Polish nun arrives at the French hospital and begs Mathilde for help. Although the young nurse is reluctant, the nun won't take no for an answer. She takes Mathilde to the convent, where six nuns and a novice are pregnant, having been raped repeatedly by Russian soldiers. The nuns have no idea what to do and need Mathilde not only to help with the births, but to help decide what to do with the babies.

Director: Anne Fontaine
Studio: Mongrel Media
Producer(s): Eric Altmayer, Nicolas Altmayer
Screenplay: Sabrina B. Karine, Alice Vial

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  • 5 stars "A wonderful surprise to have seen this movie - to me, it brought wonderful nuances of humanity, from riveting, superb and at the end, a note of probable forgiveness."
  • 4 stars "I really liked this movie. Its sadness and compassion were both presented in a real, not sensational way. The power of the Church and authority are put to a test by people of conscience."
  • 5 stars "Fantastic film. Beautifully shot and great performances from all. Not a weak character or moment in this picture. The story is heartbreaking and uplifting as well. Sure to be a Foreign Language nominee at the next Academy Awards - and deserves to be. Well done."
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