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The Nun

3

Life as a French nun

Nun, Interrupted would also have worked as a title for this stylish but scattershot French historical drama.

Suzanne Simonin (Pauline Etienne) isn’t religious, but that doesn’t stop her family sending her to a convent where she’s degraded and humiliated – and things get even worse when she comes under the glare of Isabelle Huppert’s rapacious mother superior.

Though Etienne and Huppert are fantastic, Guillaume Nicloux’s adaptation of Denis Diderot’s novel is neither nunsploitation nor chamber piece, just about working as a sermon on hypocrisy.

Decent, but no Black Narcissus.

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