The Nun (1966)

JACQUES RIVETTE

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5

Original title:  La Religieuse

France, 1966.  , .  Screenplay by , Jacques Rivette, based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Cannes Film Festival 1966.  

is superb in this adaptation of Diderot’s novel, as a young woman who is forced by her family’s impoverished circumstances to enter the nunnery. Her first Mother Superior shows her so much affection that she grows to love her life in the convent, but after that kind woman’s death Karina is forced to face the fact that she has no vocation and desires a life of freedom. From there occur a series of experiences, some harrowing and some bizarre, in which she fights for a better life that, in 17th century France, she doesn’t realize isn’t available to a woman (particularly one with no marriage prospects). The masterful Jacques Rivette adapts the novel into a long but captivating and steady narrative, punctuated by exceptional performances and a haunting atmosphere.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s