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The Innocents


• Official Selection – Sundance Film Festival – U.S. Premiere
• Official Selection – COLCOA
• Official Selection – Film Fest DC
• Official Selection – San Francisco Int’l Film Festival

Warsaw, December 1945: the second World War is finally over and French Red Cross doctor Mathilde (Lou de Laage) is treating the last of the French survivors of the German camps.

When a panicked Benedictine nun appears at the clinic begging Mathilde to follow her back to the convent, what she finds there is shocking: a holy sister about to give birth and several more in advanced stages of pregnancy.

A non-believer, Mathilde enters the sisters’ fiercely private world, dictated by the rituals of their order and the strict Rev. Mother (Agata Kulesza, Ida).

Fearing the shame of exposure, the hostility of the occupying Soviet troops and local Polish communists and while facing an unprecedented crisis of faith, the nuns increasingly turn to Mathilde as their beliefs and traditions clash with harsh realities

"Through the example of friendship and cooperation, "The Innocents" shines a glimmer of hope on a period of great doubt."

Pat Padua Washington Post

"Veteran French director Anne Fontaine approaches a spiritually and emotionally complex real-life slice of history with deftness and understated drama in "The Innocents.""

Christy Lemire,

"If there's a war movie we haven't seen enough of yet, it's one told from the female perspective, one that further obscures who the good guys and bad guys really are."

April Wolfe, Village Voice