The Innocents (2016)

PG-13   |    |  Drama, History


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1945. Mathilde is a French Red Cross doctor working on a mission to help the French survivors of the German camps. While she works in Poland, she is asked for help by a nun. In her convent, several nuns are pregnant.


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12 October 2017 | emailbillphillips
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| An overlooked gem
One of the best movies of the year 2016, IMHO!!! Didn't get a lot of mention at Awards time, but certainly as important as a political comment on a true story as, say, Spotlight. The Russians have gotten an easy pass in the movie business, compared to the likes of Nazi Germany and Racist United States which have been turned every way but loose as far as getting raked over the coals by cinema.

This quiet little story of Russian soldiers raping Polish nuns balances that trend in movies. Set after the war in 1945 as the Russians take over Poland, but the French Red Cross is still there, it's a reminder that there are always a few good people in the midst of the thugs. May the young French actress Lou de Laage have a long and happy career. She certainly has a good start here.

Besides excellent acting and story telling, maybe it's the filming and mood created by this movie that makes it so good. You would think it painful to watch considering the subject, but it's not. Great shots of snowy, muddy roads and rambling old trucks offset by warm glow of music in a candle lit bar. Then the nuns, in a bleak cold stone refuge, yet in spite of their hardship, they are full of heart and life.

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Release Date:

10 February 2016

Language

French, Polish, Russian


Country of Origin

France, Poland

Filming Locations

Orneta, Warminsko-Mazurskie, Poland

Box Office

Budget:

EUR6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,896 3 July 2016

Gross USA:

$1,065,665

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,400,324

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