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260 Ratings

The Innocents

Les innocentes

Directed by Anne Fontaine
France, Poland, 2016


Poland, winter of 1945. Mathilde Beaulieu (Lou de Lâage) is a young intern working with a branch of the French Red Cross. They are on a mission to find, treat and repatriate French survivors of the German camps. One day, a Polish nun arrives in the hospital. In very poor French, she…

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The Innocents Directed by Anne Fontaine

Awards & Festivals

César Awards

2017 | 4 nominations including: Best Film

Valladolid International Film Festival

2016 | Winner: Best Film (FIPRESCI Prize)

Seattle Film Critics Awards

2017 | Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film

At times Fontaine can’t help but push the narrative further toward middlebrow melodrama, especially in the final act. But her pragmatic view of post-war life remains grounded in sacrifices great and small, brave acts of humanity that can sometimes go unnoticed while living in a place defined by pain.
August 02, 2016
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With an austere but painterly palette, DP Caroline Champetier subtly captures the frost-bound landscape and figures and faces of the nuns. The Innocents observes the women’s struggles with a somber reserve.
July 03, 2016
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The actors bring emotional authenticity to the aftermath of trauma, but despite that and the handsome cinematography, there is also a persistent phoniness. It is based on a true story, but Fontaine can’t resist the desire to bend catastrophe to a slightly more pleasing shape.
June 30, 2016
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