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The hauntingly beautiful film from Poland, THE INNOCENTS directed by Anne Fontaine is set in 1945 Poland where a young French Red Cross doctor is sent to assist survivors of a concentration camp and discovers several nuns in advanced states of pregnancy at a nearby convent.

Warsaw, December 1945: the second World War is finally over and Mathilde is treating the last of the French survivors of the German camps. When a panicked Benedictine nun appears at the clinic one night 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 new anti-Catholic Communist government, and facing an unprecedented crisis of faith, the nuns increasingly turn to Mathilde as their belief and traditions clash with harsh realities.

Balancing the many heartbreaks of ‘The Innocents’ with ease, Director Anne Fontaine is able to weave together some loaded themes – the influence of religion on the devoted, the unique ways in which women bond with each other and the importance of remembering history and the horrors of war.

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“It gives us war as seen by the women it rolls over and it quietly exults as they help each other back to their feet.” – Ty Burr, The Boston Globe

“In such a dark time and place, hope does emerge.” – Bruce Demara – Toronto Star

“Fontaine’s greatest achievement is her assured voice which is never too comforting nor too cynical.” – Gary Shannon, The Young Folks