|THE INNOCENTS (LES INNOCENTES) (director/writer: Anne Fontaine; screenwriters: Sabrina B. Karine, Alice Vial, Pascal Bonitzer, Philippe Maynial; cinematographer: Caroline Champetier; editor: Annette Dutertre; music: Gregoire Hetzel; cast: Lou De Laage (Mathilda), Agata Buzek (Maria), Agata Kulesza (Mother Superior), Vincent Macaigne (Samuel), Joanna Kulig (Irena), Eliza Rycembel (Teresa), Anna Prochniak (Zofia), Katarzyna Dabrowska (Anna), Helena Sujecka (Ludwika), Dorota Kuduk (Wanda), Klara Bielawka (Joanna), Mira Maludzinska (Bibiana); Runtime: 100; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Eric Altmayer, Nicolas Altmayer; Mars Film; 2016-Ftance/Poland-in French & Polish with English subtitles)|
compelling religious drama."
by Dennis Schwartz
Agata Kulesza is the tormented Mother Superior, whose sense of honor makes things unbearable in the convent. Agata Buzek brilliantly plays the most worldly of the nuns, and is the melodrama's heroine. Vincent Macaigne is Mathilda's superior. The Jewish doctor is also her boyfriend.
Such grief is solidly handled when the women victims bond and get by their shaken faith through friendship. It leaves the viewer in a meditative mood, wondering who really are the innocents (maybe only the babies!). It was originally released under the title of “Agnus Dei.” The painterly film is eye-catching in photographing the snowy terrain and dark forest surroundings, with rays of light breaking through. It had the composition of a Vermeer painting.
REVIEWED ON 7/14/2016 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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