ⓘ The Nun (2013 film)

The Nun (2013 film)

ⓘ The Nun (2013 film)

The Nun is a 2013 French drama film directed by Guillaume Nicloux. It is based on the 18th-century novel La Religieuse by French writer Denis Diderot. The film premiered in competition at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival. It received two nominations at the 4th Magritte Awards, winning Best Actress for Pauline Etienne, and a nomination at the 39th Cesar Awards.


1. Plot

The young Suzanne Simonin is forced by her parents to become a nun. She learns that as an illegitimate child, she is expected to atone for her mother’s sin. Her abbess treats her kindly, but when the abbess dies and another takes her place, Suzanne considers breaking her vows. Due to the maltreatment she undergoes, she is thrown into a world of punishment. It is not until a friend gives Suzanne some hope that she may not have to remain a nun forever that Suzannes punishment lifts.


2. Cast

  • Louise Bourgoin as Abbess Christine
  • Isabelle Huppert as Abbess Saint Eutrope
  • François Negret as Maitre Manouri
  • Pauline Etienne as Suzanne
  • Agathe Bonitzer as Sister Therese
  • Alice de Lencquesaing as Sister Ursule
  • Pascal Bongard as Archdeacon
  • Martina Gedeck as Suzannes mother
  • Marc Barbe as Father Castella
  • Nicolas Jouhet as clergyman Sainte Marie
  • Gilles Cohen as Suzannes father
  • Françoise Lebrun as Madame de Moni

3. Reception

The Hollywood Reporter s Jordan Mintzer highlighted that director Nicloux and his co-writer Beaujour breathed new life into the classic story by making the protagonist "much more of a fighting spirit" and by adding a "revised ending". He said this film was "held together by a terrific lead performance". Variety s Boyd van Hoeij certified the film was "slickly assembled" and frequently provided a "painting-like" cinematography. Cine Vue s Patrick Gamble judged The Nun suffered from an "inability to deviate from absurdity".