THE IN­NO­CENTS

Dir Anne Fon­taine

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Set in Poland in 1945, The In­no­cents is in­spired by the post-war deeds of an ex­tra­or­di­nary woman, and the suf­fer­ing of rape sur­vivors whose sto­ries were not ac­knowl­edged for al­most 50 years. Based on the life of Red Cross doc­tor Madeleine Pau­liac, it fol­lows Mathilde Beaulieu (Lou de Laâge), as she sets out to as­sist a con­vent of nuns who are preg­nant through sex­ual vi­o­lence, and now strug­gling with moral and med­i­cal dilem­mas. Beau­ti­fully shot in shades of black, white and blue, it vividly ex­plores fe­male sol­i­dar­ity in the face of un­speak­able hor­ror. Some of the plot­ting is pre­dictable, but there’s a sat­is­fy­ing end­ing. In cine­mas 11 November

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