The Innocents (2016, France/Poland) 115 mins, Cert. 15 – subtitled


Screenings at 2.30pm and 7.30pm

For Holocaust Memorial Day (27 Jan)
Director: Anne Fontaine
Stars: Lou de Laâge, Agata Buzek, Agata Kulesza

Continuing a theme of the David Lean Cinema’s January programme, The story line of The Innocents is also drawn from real events, being based on diaries kept by a French doctor at the end of World War ll. 


This is a powerful, beautifully paced drama about the aftermath of the German/Russian occupations of Poland on a convent of nuns. Riven with fear and shame, the nuns are forced outside their isolated community to seek the help of a young, atheist French Red Cross doctor (a sensitive, brilliant performance from de Laâge).



The development of the relationship between Nuns and doctor is surprising, intriguing and at times delightful, as is the emergence of the nuns’ individual characters.


The snowy winter provides a fitting, atmospherically shot backdrop for this poignant, life-affirming tale of sisterly solidarity and human survival – even triumph, snatched from the mouth of disaster.


As befits an international film, the New York Times’ Review can be seen here, including a link to a trailer while….

The same (US theatre release) Trailer can be seen below


David Lean Cinema, Croydon on Thursday 26th January 2017

Shows start at 2.30PM or 7.30PM, Ticket prices: £8.00 & £6.50 (concessions)

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