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Angels of Sin (1943)

Les anges du péché (original title)
Rich young Anne-Marie thinks she has found her vocation when she joins a Dominican convent as a novice. The convent specialises in rehabilitating female prisoners, and Anne-Marie becomes ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Bresson

Writers:

Robert Bresson (scenario), Raymond Leopold Bruckberger (scenario) (as R.L. Bruckberger 'dominicain') | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Renée Faure Renée Faure ... Anne-Marie Lamaury
Jany Holt ... Thérèse
Sylvie ... La prieure
Mila Parély Mila Parély ... Madeleine
Marie-Hélène Dasté Marie-Hélène Dasté ... Mère Saint-Jean
Yolande Laffon Yolande Laffon ... Madame Lamaury
Paula Dehelly Paula Dehelly ... Mère Dominique
Silvia Monfort Silvia Monfort ... Agnès
Gilberte Terbois Gilberte Terbois ... Soeur Marie-Josèphe
Louis Seigner ... Le directeur de la prison
Georges Colin Georges Colin ... Le chef de la P.J.
Geneviève Morel Geneviève Morel ... Soeur Berthe
Christiane Barry Christiane Barry ... Soeur Blaise
Jean Morel Jean Morel ... L'inspecteur de police
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jacqueline Champi Jacqueline Champi ... Une religieuse
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Rich young Anne-Marie thinks she has found her vocation when she joins a Dominican convent as a novice. The convent specialises in rehabilitating female prisoners, and Anne-Marie becomes especially fascinated with Therese, trying to get her to join the convent to redeem her for her sins - but Therese protests her innocence. However, when released, Therese shoots the man who committed the crime for which she was imprisoned, then joins the convent, where she is reluctant to tell anyone her secret, least of all Anne-Marie. Meanwhile, outside the convent, a police search is widening... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

16 January 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los ángeles del pecado See more »

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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First feature film directed by Robert Bresson. See more »

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Referenced in Century of Cinema: 2 x 50 Years of French Cinema (1995) See more »

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Charity and pride
23 October 2011 | by hof-4See all my reviews

Script and dialogues by the director, Raymond Bruckberger and the playwright Jean Giradoux. Accurate and moving description of a Dominican convent (Bruckberger was a Dominican monk). The story centers on the difficulty of setting precise limits between Christian charity and pride. Unfortunately, the script veers needlessly (and distractingly) into overly dramatic territory midway through the movie. This affects negatively the quality of the acting as well. Music is a little too emphatic at times.

On the positive side, well paced direction and excellent cinematography. This is the first feature film by Bresson and there are some inklings of the minimalist style that would mark his later work.


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