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Marquee Film Festival: The Innocents (2016)

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France/Poland | 115min | PG-13 | DCP | Dir. Anne Fontaine 

In 1945 Poland, a young French Red Cross doctor who is sent to assist the survivors of the German camps discovers several nuns in advanced states of pregnancy during a visit to a nearby convent. (IMDB)

"Hope and horror are commingled to quietly moving effect in “Agnus Dei,” a restrained but cumulatively powerful French-Polish drama about the various crises of faith that emerge when a house of God is ravaged by war. Based on the little-known case of the French Red Cross doctor Madeleine Pauliac and the convent to which she ministered following the end of WWII, director Anne Fontaine’s finest film in years may well be described in festival shorthand as “that pregnant-nuns movie,” but is notable for the tact, intelligence and fine-grained character detail with which it examines every moral crevice of an unthinkable scenario. -Justin Chang (Variety)

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