The Innocents

Poland, 1945. Mathilde, a young French Red Cross doctor, is on a mission to help the war survivors. When a nun seeks for her help, she is brought to a convent where several pregnant sisters are hiding, unable to reconcile their faith with their pregnancy. Mathilde becomes their only hope.

Directed by: Anne Fontaine Anna Zenowicz Bogusław Bielański
Genres: Drama, History,
Production Company: France 2 Cinéma, Mars Films, Eurimages, Ciné+, SCOPE Pictures, France 2, Mandarin Films, Aeroplan Film, Sofica Manon 5, Cofinova 11, La Banque Postale Image 8, A Plus Image 6, NC+, Canal+,

The Innocents - Deeply moving and emotionally layered. - Azwaad Movie Database
  • Release Date: 10-02-2016
  • Runtime: 115 Minutes
  • Popularity: 6.98
  • Vote Count: 305
  • IMDB Rating: 7.1
  • Budget: USD 0
  • Revenue: USD 1,063,893
  • Region: Poland ( PL ), France ( FR ),
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Photo Name Character
Lou de Laâge - Azwaad Movie Database Lou de Laâge Mathilde Beaulieu
Agata Buzek - Azwaad Movie Database Agata Buzek Nun Maria
Agata Kulesza - Azwaad Movie Database Agata Kulesza Mother Superior
Vincent Macaigne - Azwaad Movie Database Vincent Macaigne Samuel
Joanna Kulig - Azwaad Movie Database Joanna Kulig Nun Irena
Eliza Rycembel - Azwaad Movie Database Eliza Rycembel Teresa
Katarzyna Dąbrowska - Azwaad Movie Database Katarzyna Dąbrowska Nun Anna
Anna Próchniak - Azwaad Movie Database Anna Próchniak Zofia
Helena Sujecka - Azwaad Movie Database Helena Sujecka Ludwika
Mira Maludzińska - Azwaad Movie Database Mira Maludzińska Bibiana
Photo Name Department
Francis Wargnier-Sound Francis Wargnier Sound (Sound)
Philippe Carcassonne-Production Philippe Carcassonne Production (Associate Producer)
Anne Fontaine-Directing Anne Fontaine Directing (Director)
Anne Fontaine-Writing Anne Fontaine Writing (Adaptation)
Anne Fontaine-Writing Anne Fontaine Writing (Dialogue)
Caroline Champetier-Camera Caroline Champetier Camera (Director of Photography)
Grégoire Hetzel-Sound Grégoire Hetzel Sound (Original Music Composer)
Pascal Bonitzer-Writing Pascal Bonitzer Writing (Adaptation)
Pascal Bonitzer-Writing Pascal Bonitzer Writing (Dialogue)
Eric Altmayer-Production Eric Altmayer Production (Producer)

See Full Cast & Crew of The Innocents


**When the house of peace was disturbed!** From the director Anne Fontaine. Like any of her works, this is another top class women oriented film. But it was partially based on the incredible true story. Partial means, no one knows what was the actual event. The director and her writers inspired by the diary the French doctor who worked for Red Cross in Poland at the end of the World War II, who wrote down her experience on it. So, with the small-small facts the story was built on for the film. Well done job by the cast and crew. Whenever you hear the word/abbreviation 'WWII', it always bound with nazi Germans. Since this tale takes place just after the war, when the Soviet took over the Poland from them, it is set to reveal one of the extremely hidden secrets. Just imagine how secret it is, like you have read many books and have seen many films regarding the WWII, but you have never heard about this, until now. It is a heart rending tale, but the thing is everything's about the aftermath, how they handled their state of condition. Mathilde, the French doctor is fetched by a nun from the nearby convent is shocked when she reached there to see most of them are in the final stage of their pregnancy. They were sexually abused by the Soviet soldiers, but now she as to keep it quiet as requested by the mother superior. She's being an atheist and to whom she's treating, the believers, is exactly the opposite kind. But not just her, the nuns as well put aside their differences to overcome their situation. > ❝For us nuns, the end of the war does not mean the end of fear.❞ It's right on the coldest winter, does not tell about the original violence, but there's still a few incidents about the army atrocities, how they treated innocent nuns, even the Red Cross members. But remember nothing was the actual depiction. It would have been even better if it was a documentary film. Doing some research and telling us the tale, reading exactly as what was written in the diary. But the film was not bad, except the scene to scene, event to event it was very slow to move, except right on the point. The story has a twist, but it was not like very powerful. It depends on how you would consider it. Because for me, I felt it was too cruel, hard to take on. The story about church people means, you would expect a gentle kind. Or even in such situation, as in this film, to react as much as possibly generously as what they're known for. But in the first place, it was no ones fault. They all fighting for the same reason, especially keeping the outside world in mind, each one reacted differently. So it is understandable, but not all the acts were respectable. As the director said in her interview, this is a period film, but pretty much the same in the contemporary world where war is on. The violence against the innocent women. So it is a debatable topic. And if it was directed by some male filmmaker, he might have risked with the violences in the flashback scenes to bring more depth in the narration. The present film is kind of compromises on that, but still not easy to watch everything it shows. Particularly for the families. Great performances by all. One of the best films on this theme and of the year. The film is not to be ignored. Despite not about the war, but just like 'Under Sandet', about the following event. _8/10_

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