July 03, 2014

The Nun (2013)

The Nun (2013) - Movie Review
Directed by: Guillaume Nicloux
Country: France / others

Movie Review: Adapted and directed by Guillaume Nicloux, “The Nun” was based on the novel with the same title by the French writer and philosopher, Diderot. The novel had been subjected to a cinematic adaptation with much better results in 1966 by the hand of the master Jacques Rivette, in a film superbly performed by Anna Karina. This time the chosen actress was Pauline Ettiene, who did a competent job playing Suzanne Simonin, a sensible, perceptive and truthful young woman who, following the orders of her parents, is forced to stay in a convent and become nun against her will. In her path of sadness, she will be understood and cherished by the Mother Superior who welcomes her, Madame de Moni (Fran├žoise Lebrun), but maltreated and humiliated by the cruel Mother Superior Christine (Louise Bourgoin), and become the object of the libidinous desires of Mother Superior Saint-Eutrope (Isabelle Huppert). With all this, she still finds out some shocking secrets related to her own family, without giving up to fight for her freedom. The film starts in a bold way, but ends up declining in the last half, and making us anticipate the final revelations. Beyond that I felt it was too long, an aspect that I didn’t feel at all in the other longer version. It was immaculately photographed by Yves Cape (“Holy Motors”, “White Material”), even if the nocturnal images, lighted with candlelight, seemed a bit too dark for my taste. Well executed and performed, “The Nun” can only be interesting for those who never watched Rivette’s version, but still evinces a prominent technical execution.

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