The Innocents

The Innocents

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"Poland, 1945, World War II has ended, but the damage is infinite. A young French Red Cross doctor, is summoned to a local Benedictine convent where she discovers several nuns in various states of pregnancy. To her horror, she finds out that during liberation, Russian soldiers entered the convent and raped the nuns. These reprehensible acts of violence reveal the inhumanity inflicted on the innocent during times of war; and how the repercussions will be felt forever"--Container.
Publisher: Distributed Reel DVD,
Branch Call Number: DVD INNO
Characteristics: 1 DVD (approximately 110 min.)
Alternative Title: Les innocentes


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May 09, 2018

While difficult to watch, it concentrated on the story of the nuns and their story, not the abuse that led to their predicament. I highly recommend this movie, to acknowledge these brave women and those who helped them, and for the enjoyment of a film well made.

Mar 02, 2018

It was slightly uncomfortable to watch, only because it was the truth and so wrong. I'm glad I watched it, we should never deny history.

Dec 15, 2017

Like so many foreign films it makes Hollywood seem so juvenile. Watch it! And don't judge.

Dec 01, 2017

This is a difficult film to watch.
There's the conflict of religion, the aftermath of war, and the internalized shame the sisters contain in order to fulfill their duties. There are scenes and dialog shared that is uncomfortable, so do proceed with caution. But the solidarity of these women as their situation permits is something to witness.

Franln Sep 05, 2017

Totally not surprised this is based on true events. What a disturbing & tragic story.

Jul 17, 2017

A film much much more than what is in the description herein. You can watch the hour long extras or read the booklet that accompanies the DVD. I did both just to make sure I got them all. Amazing true human and God story among the ruins of man made wars. Best quote: Faith is twenty-four hours of doubt and one minute of hope.

Jul 15, 2017

Recommend this movie; it is very touching. Although one has to read all the dialogue it is well worth the time to watch.

Jun 22, 2017

Great, well done movie with outstanding performances that tells a heart-breaking story.

Mar 19, 2017

this is a very deep, very moving, very involving movie based on the true life diaries of a doctor in WWII about the rape of a group of Polish nuns near the end of WWII and the consequences and aftermath. my husband and i were engrossed in it from start to finish and had us discussing the film during and after it finished. it is a very, very well done movie that we would recommend everyone to see. it is sad that it likely was never seen on the big screens as the impact would have been that much bigger but it came out around june-november 2016 when a lot of the block buster movies from hollywood were out and this little movie would not have had a chance against them. again, I would urge everyone TO SEE THIS GEM OF A FILM!!!

Jan 25, 2017

This film was stunning. The acting was top notch, and the overall portrayal of such a delicate and horrible story was heart-wrenching. Highly recommended.

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Jul 17, 2017

On faith:
I can no longer reconcile my faith with these terrible events. God, of whom I still consider myself to be the divine bride, nonetheless wanted this.
-Wanted it?
If it happened, that means He wanted it.
-We cannot know what God wants. The only truth is His love.
But none have lost their faith?
-You know, faith... At first, you're like a child holding your father's hand, feeling safe.
Then a time comes — and I think it always comes — when your father lets go. You're lost, alone in the dark. You cry out, but no one answers. Even if you prepare for it, you're caught unawares. It hits you right in the heart. That's the cross we bear.
I have many flaws. I deserve the harshest penance. I've never had much faith. And since this happened, I've lost the little I had.
I was stylish then. I liked men and men liked me.
-Don't you ever regret it?
Faith is twenty-four hours of doubt and one minute of hope.

Jul 17, 2017

A letter from a true friend:
Dear Mathilde,
The dark clouds have moved on. The sun shines brightly in our sky. And you are in our hearts. Perhaps other wars will come. Other dangers threaten us. It will soon be harder to write to each other. But whatever fate awaits us, I feel ready to face it. I know, even if it makes you laugh, that God sent you. May He accompany you in your trials and may you always be joyful.
When I joined the Red Cross team, I was still a student. I ended up carrying stretchers under fire when Paris was liberated. Sorry, but I pissed myself more than once. But I've never regretted it. And I imagined I would save lives.


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Dec 01, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Sexual assault

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