Les Anges du Péché

One of the most astonishing film debuts ever, made while France was still under Nazi occupation. Bresson chose an apparently timeless subject: the way that people affect each other's destinies. Based on the real convent of the Sisters of Béthany, a secluded order of nuns are minutely observed in their rehabilitation of women from prison. If the salvation is tangibly close to a Resistance adventure, it is the simple human confrontations that fascinate Bresson - the consuming desire of secure, bourgeois-born Anne-Marie to save the unrepentant Thérèse, wrongly imprisoned for the sake of her criminal lover. Concentrated dialogue (with a little help from Jean Giraudoux) and moulded monochrome photography by Philippe Agostini contribute to an outstanding film. Rarely have the seemingly opposite worlds of the spiritual and the erotic received such sublime, ennobling treatment.

Release details

Duration: 96 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Robert Bresson
Screenwriter: Léopold Bruckberger, Robert Bresson, Jean Giraudoux
Cast: Renée Faure
Jany Holt
Sylvie
Mila Parély
Marie-Hélène Dasté
Louis Seigner
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