Time Out saysFirst feature from the former Mrs Lars von Trier, about a young girl's pre-pubescent spell in a convent. Narratively, it's intimate but for a long time vague: young Johanne's trials and tribulations range inconsequentially across her incomprehension of her parents' reasons for abandoning her, the elder nuns' stern disapproval of her lack of religious education, and the other girls' teasing. Just when she seems better settled, the sisters start talking up her future there, striking the fear of God into her. The sequencing is distinctly choppy, and while the director aims for a sensitive touch, the prettifying sensibility (soundtrack, costumes) seems to have waylaid her.
Cast and crew
Cecilia Eliasson, Helle Fagralid, John Hahn-Petersen, Robert Hansen, Luise Jacobsen, Bodil Jørgensen, Christina Merwald, Kurt Ravn, Stine Bjerregaard, Bolette Engstrøm Bjerre, Nastja Arcel, Kirsten Rolffes, Amalie Dollerup, Kirsten Schjødt