THE NUNby Guillaume Nicloux
Drama / historisch, 90 minutes, 2019
Regie: Guillaume Nicloux
Producers: Les Films du Worso, Belle Epoque Films, Versus Production, Gifted Films, Rhones-Alpes Cinéma, France 3 Cinéma
Cast: Pauline Etienne, Isabelle Huppert, Martina Gedeck, Louise Bourgoin, Francoise Lebrun
Funding: MFG Baden-Württemberg, dt./fr. Minitraité, Eurimages, Communauté francaise de la Belgique, Media, CNC
TV: Canal +, Cine +, France 3, WDR / arte
Sales Agent: Le Pact
German Distributor: Camino Filmverleih
„The NUN is a passionate plea for independent living, for courage and the force produced by the certainty of doing the right thing.”
France, in the 1760s. Born to a bourgeois family, Suzanne (Pauline Etienne) is a beautiful young girl with a natural talent for music who longs to live in society. She is at a loss 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, thus paying for the consequences of her mother’s sin.
She quickly wants to escape the religious path by trying to revoke her vows when the Mother Superior who had brought her comfort and solace dies. Her substitute, 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 Mother Superior (Isabelle Huppert), who develops an embarrassingly affectionate bond with her…
Adapted from Diderot’s eponymous novel, The Nun tells the trajectory of a woman trying to resist imposed religious values, unveiling the dehumanization of cloistered life.