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The Nun (La religieuse)

1966, Jacques Rivette, France, 140 min.
With Anna Karina, Liselotte Pulver

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Show Times

  • Fri, Feb 8th 3:45pm
  • Sat, Feb 9th 3:00pm
  • Sat, Feb 9th 7:30pm
  • Sun, Feb 10th 5:15pm
  • Mon, Feb 11th 7:30pm
  • Wed, Feb 13th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Feb 14th 6:00pm

"A great film that remains one of the cornerstones of the New Wave."--Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

"An inspiring choice of revival...Suzanne's time has come again. Viewers versed in the rigors of THE HANDMAID'S TALE should find plenty to obsess and outrage them in THE NUN."--Anthony Lane, The New Yorker

Long out of distribution, New Wave giant Rivette's once-controversial second feature film returns in a new 4K restoration. Anna Karina, the iconic muse of Godard's early films, delivers a performance of extraordinary power and range as Suzanne Simonin, a young woman whose family forces her to enter a convent. Devout but unwilling to sacrifice her freedom, Suzanne fiercely rebels against her incarceration, enduring torture, isolation, and sexual advances by both male and female monastics, only to discover that escape from one trap leads straight into another. Based on Denis Diderot's anti-clerical 1796 novel, THE NUN aroused a censorship storm that made daily headlines and delayed its release for over a year, although its stately Mizoguchian style is light years removed from the "nunsploitation" cycle, and its indignation is directed at institutions of social control (especially of women) that extend far beyond the church. In French with English subtitles. New 4K DCP digital restoration. (MR)

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