“The Innocents” by Anne Fontaine
A POLISH CONVENT TRAUMATIZED BY WAR CRIMES IN THE LAST DAYS OF WWII
One of the best reviewed films and top box office performing foreign language releases of the year arrives nationwide beginning September 27th
The Innocents is director Anne Fontaine’s haunting and ultimately life affirming post-WWII drama about a young, forward-thinking French Red Cross doctor who comes to the aid of a group of traumatized young Polish nuns whose lives and faith have been dangerously tested. The Innocents is based on the true story of heroic French doctor and Resistance fighter Madeleine Pauliac.
The second World War is finally over and doctor Mathilde (rising star Lou de Laage) is treating the last of the French survivors of Nazi work camps in Poland. When a panicked Benedictine nun appears at the clinic begging Mathilde to follow her back to the convent, what she finds there is shocking: a holy sister about to give birth and several more in advanced stages of pregnancy. A non-believer, Mathilde enters the sisters’ fiercely private world, dictated by the rituals of their order and the strict Rev. Mother (Agata Kulesza, Ida). Fearing the shame of exposure, the hostility of the occupying Soviet troops and local Polish communists the nuns increasingly turn to Mathilde as they face an unprecedented crisis of faith.
Director Fontaine based her story on the diaries of Madeleine Pauliac that document the little known but, my most independent accounts, widespread sexual violence that occurred throughout Poland and elsewhere on the Eastern Front in the wake of the advancing Soviet Red. Army. “I was immediately taken with the story” says director Anne Fontaine. “I wanted to get as close as possible to what would have been happening within these women.”
Following its strong box office opening in NY and LA on July 1st, The Innocents expanded to more than 150 engagements throughout the summer, and will make its nationwide debut via DVD, Blu-ray and VOD (iTunes, Amazon Instant, Google Play, YouTube, Vudu) beginning September 27, 2016. Filled with bonus materials including a “Making of” and an interview with filmmaker Anne Fontaine, the Blu-ray and DVD carry suggested retail prices of $34.95 and $29.95, respectively.
- The Making of The Innocents
- Director Q&A with Anne Fontaine
- Interview with Anne Fontaine