Synopsis: Paris, 1750s. Forced to take vows, rebellious nun (Anna Karina) is sadistically tortured, and then exorcised by her austere community; and at last finds relief in a new convent where she becomes the latest plaything of a Sapphic Mother Superior (Liselotte Pulver).
LA RELIGIEUSE (1966), aka “The Nun,” is a tour de force for both iconic actress Anna Karina and New Wave director Jacques Rivette. Based on the novel by Enlightenment philosopher Denis Diderot, LA RELIGIEUSE is a diatribe against religious abuses of power. It was actually rewritten 3 times before passing French censors only to be temporarily banned upon its release. 50 years later, LA RELIGIEUSE has been digitally restored from the original film negative by Rivette’s widow, L’Immagine Ritrovata, and Studiocanal.
Straight from Cannes Film Festival 2018, it will play at Film Forum until January 17th, after which it will move on to Laemmle's Royal Theater in Los Angeles for its final U.S. tour— So be sure to take advantage of this exclusive cinematic experience before it’s gone!