Behind Convent Walls


Time Out says

Borowczyk has fetishised prostitution (The Streetwalker) and bestiality (The Beast), so turning out this pastiche of sex-movie staple (the convent as a sexual greenhouse) can't have been too challenging. The film's pace is too slow, and interest in detail overwhelms the narrative. But this waywardness allows some unusual inflexions: masturbation as a real centre of interest, Christ as a laughable sex-martyr. Ultimately the convent-as-haven is exploded: patriarchy intrudes to deliver punishment, and the tale ends (?) with the murder of the abbess and multiple suicide by the nuns.


Release details

96 mins

Cast and crew

Walerian Borowczyk
Walerian Borowczyk
Ligia Branice
Marina Pierro
Gabriella Giaccobe
Loredana Martine
Mario Maranzana
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