Music Box Films | Release Date: July 1, 2016
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BeeceeAug 10, 2016
This is a moving story about morality during wartime. Immediately after the end of World War II, a female Red Cross French doctor (Mathilde) is approached by a local nun. One nun is about to give birth due to her rape by the conqueringThis is a moving story about morality during wartime. Immediately after the end of World War II, a female Red Cross French doctor (Mathilde) is approached by a local nun. One nun is about to give birth due to her rape by the conquering Russian soldiers, and several others are pregnant. The sense of fear is palpable, particularly when Mathilde herself is threatened by a group of Russian soldiers. There are many issues here regarding faith, moral decisions and duty. There is a happy ending of sorts, which connects the convent to the outside community. In French and Polish, with a little Russian. Expand
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EpicLadySpongeOct 7, 2016
The Innocents builds up a box of life for protection around for the end of World War II. It may ask us to watch this film and you, indeed, are going to love it. Please do watch it.
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norrorumAug 31, 2016
It is a beautifully shot film of a difficult subject that is handled very well. The acting is forceful and compelling and the ending well a bit melodramatic is nonetheless believable. There is a compelling series of contrasts between theIt is a beautifully shot film of a difficult subject that is handled very well. The acting is forceful and compelling and the ending well a bit melodramatic is nonetheless believable. There is a compelling series of contrasts between the terrors of war and the dedication to serve its victims; the need for integrity and the plight to be ethical; the life of a religious community and the compromises that circumstances demand. There is a beauty that transcends situation and the casting is brilliant. Expand
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netflicJul 15, 2016
This movie is based on real events.
It is December 1945, the deadliest of all wars is over, but its aftermath is felt everywhere.

Matilda, a French Red Cross medical worker, is in Poland attending to last French survivors in German camps.
This movie is based on real events.
It is December 1945, the deadliest of all wars is over, but its aftermath is felt everywhere.

Matilda, a French Red Cross medical worker, is in Poland attending to last French survivors in German camps. She finds herself helping local Catholic nuns who got pregnant when Soviet troops liberated Poland, and considered local women trophy prizes for getting rid of Nazis. 

This movie is about how faith and modern world collide. Can faith survive when God's abandonment becomes apparent? Can God forgive sins committed without intent? (in this case, knowing a man and getting pregnant, albeit through rape). 

Similarly to how many Jews lost their beliefs in God after Holocaust, these Catholic nuns are having a faith crisis trying to understand how God allowed such a grief caused on his faithful servants.
I liked the movie a lot. Maybe a bit too long; and the happy end seemed a bit trite. Nevertheless, my score is 8 out of 10.

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LeZeeJul 30, 2017
When the house of peace was disturbed!

From the director Anne Fontaine. Like any of her works, this is another top class women oriented film. But it was partially based on the incredible true story. Partial means, no one knows what was the
When the house of peace was disturbed!

From the director Anne Fontaine. Like any of her works, this is another top class women oriented film. But it was partially based on the incredible true story. Partial means, no one knows what was the actual event. The director and her writers inspired by the diary the French doctor who worked for Red Cross in Poland at the end of the World War II, who wrote down her experience on it. So, with the small-small facts the story was built on for the film. Well done job by the cast and crew.

Whenever you hear the word/abbreviation 'WWII', it always bound with nazi Germans. Since this tale takes place just after the war, when the Soviet took over the Poland from them, it is set to reveal one of the extremely hidden secrets. Just imagine how secret it is, like you have read many books and have seen many films regarding the WWII, but you have never heard about this, until now. It is a heart rending tale, but the thing is everything's about the aftermath, how they handled their state of condition.

Mathilde, the French doctor is fetched by a nun from the nearby convent is shocked when she reached there to see most of them are in the final stage of their pregnancy. They were sexually abused by the Soviet soldiers, but now she as to keep it quiet as requested by the mother superior. She's being an atheist and to whom she's treating, the believers, is exactly the opposite kind. But not just her, the nuns as well put aside their differences to overcome their situation.

❝For us nuns, the end of the war does not mean the end of fear.❞

It's right on the coldest winter, does not tell about the original violence, but there's still a few incidents about the army atrocities, how they treated innocent nuns, even the Red Cross members. But remember nothing was the actual depiction. It would have been even better if it was a documentary film. Doing some research and telling us the tale, reading exactly as what was written in the diary. But the film was not bad, except the scene to scene, event to event it was very slow to move, except right on the point.

The story has a twist, but it was not like very powerful. It depends on how you would consider it. Because for me, I felt it was too cruel, hard to take on. The story about church people means, you would expect a gentle kind. Or even in such situation, as in this film, to react as much as possibly generously as what they're known for. But in the first place, it was no ones fault. They all fighting for the same reason, especially keeping the outside world in mind, each one reacted differently. So it is understandable, but not all the acts were respectable.

As the director said in her interview, this is a period film, but pretty much the same in the contemporary world where war is on. The violence against the innocent women. So it is a debatable topic. And if it was directed by some male filmmaker, he might have risked with the violences in the flashback scenes to bring more depth in the narration. The present film is kind of compromises on that, but still not easy to watch everything it shows. Particularly for the families. Great performances by all. One of the best films on this theme and of the year. The film is not to be ignored. Despite not about the war, but just like 'Under Sandet', about the following event.

8/10
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jrodfilmsJul 9, 2016
i would say the down side to this movie was each major event after event happening made it come off a bit soap opera-ish. the story can be a bit rough at times, but it has an ending shows some light at the end of the tunnel even if everythingi would say the down side to this movie was each major event after event happening made it come off a bit soap opera-ish. the story can be a bit rough at times, but it has an ending shows some light at the end of the tunnel even if everything hasnt been answered. Expand
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