Directed by Anne Fontaine • 2016 • Poland, France
Starring Lou de Laâge, Agata Buzek, Agata Kulesza
Warsaw, December 1945: World War II is finally over and French Red Cross doctor Mathilde (Lou de Laâge) is treating the last of the French survivors of the German camps. 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 nonbeliever, Mathilde enters the sisters’ fiercely private world, dictated by the rituals of their order. Fearing the shame of exposure while facing an unprecedented crisis of faith, the nuns increasingly turn to Mathilde as their beliefs and traditions clash with harsh realities.