Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Innocents

In the immediate aftermath of WW2 in a decimated rural Polish area, a young French female doctor working for the Red Cross is surreptitiously summoned to a local convent to treat several impregnated Benedictine nuns, victims of rape at the hands of conquering Russian troops. Anne Fontaine's solemn and dirge-like The Innocents is pristinely filmed but, especially for its material, is surprisingly almost entirely dramatically inert.
** 1/2 out of ****