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    Film Review “The Innocents”
    July 17, 2016 5:43 pm  
    Film Review “The Innocents”

    by Joan Lengyel

    At the close of WWII, winter of 1945, Russian troops marched into Warsaw, Poland as the occupying victorious army.

    They were rough, tough men with little conscience, so it appeared.  They come upon a remote Catholic Convent in the woods. Most of the nuns are young and virginal but not for long.  In short time the seeds of the conquers are producing children.  The mind set of the girls and women are so pure and innocent that they cannot bare to be touched for an examination.  A young female doctor with the Red Cross helps with understanding to administer with the young mothers to be.  A few of the more mature nuns were also impregnated.  The beauty of the film is the sensitivity that tells the story.  The austere Abbey and the black and white habits are a frame work that portrays the fragility of a time in history.  Fortunately, the young female doctor is assisted by an experienced Jewish doctor who had lost his parents to the war.  The Abbey is a fiercely private world to outsiders but especially to the new anti-Catholic communist government.  Just out of sheer necessity the nuns side with the young French female doctor.  Products of human nature good or bad are brought forth.  Due to ingenuity things work out that produces a happy ending for every one involved.

    There are two Art Houses in the area, The Plaza in Patchogue and the Cinema Arts Center in Huntington.

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