The Innocents ★★★★½

A bleak story of a group of nuns enduring a silent pain near the end of World War II. This is a film about faith and survival that deals with complex ethical and religious themes in a subtle way but that is really affecting for the viewer. Fontaine's delicate and sober mise en scène, marked by an exquisite use of light, reminded me of interior scenes from dutch artists of the Golden Age of the likes of Johannes Vermeer. The performances of the female cast are remarkable, even those that only have a few scenes make a lasting impression; a special mention to Agata Buzek and her nuanced and compassionate turn as sister Maria.
A story that needed to be told, Les Innocentes is a heartbreaking and powerful film.

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