Convents -- France -- Drama, Faith -- Drama, Nuns -- France -- Drama, Women ex-convicts -- France -- Drama

Les anges du péché

(Angels of Sin)

Imported 35mm Print


Renée Faure, Jany Holt, Louise Sylvie, Mila Parély,

Bresson’s visual elegance and uncompromising narrative style are already in evidence in his first feature film, lending calm to its passionate religious ambiguities. The script, written by France’s distinguished playwright and novelist Jean Giraudoux, follows a sophisticated young woman, Anne-Marie, into the closed world of a convent devoted to the rehabilitation of delinquent girls. At odds with the Mother Superior, she becomes attached to a rebellious girl, Thérèse, whose indifference to her ministrations drives concern into an obsession. Anne-Marie herself becomes “delinquent”; her personal regeneration progresses in parallel fashion to the girl’s rehabilitation. The patiently evoked details of convent life present ritual, discipline, and sometimes ruthlessness as the norm, not as eccentricity as in a film such as Pickpocket. And if the camera’s eye is rarely idle, Bresson said, “The knots which are tied and untied inside the characters give the film its movement, its real movement.”

  • Robert Bresson
  • Jean Giraudoux
  • R. P. Raymond
  • Leopold Bruckberger
  • Philippe Agostini
  • French
  • English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 35mm
  • 96 mins
  • Courtesy Institut Français, thanks to the Cultural Services of the French Embassy

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Angels of sin (Les anges du péché) (program note), London Film Festival, 2005

Les anges du péché (program note), Cinematheque Ontario/a division of Toronto International Film Festival Group, 1999

The poetry of precision: the films of Robert Bresson (program note), Cinematheque Ontario/a division of Toronto International Film Festival Group, James Quandt, 1998

Robert Bresson (press kit), Pacific Film Archive, 1998

Notes on Robert Bresson (article), Sight and Sound, Gavin Lambert, 1953

Angels of the streets (review), Variety, Herm Schoenfeld, 1950

Les anges du peche (program note), The Museum of Modern Art, New York

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