Source: Catholic News Service
Strange but intriguing tale set within the curious confines of an all-girls boarding school cut off from the outside world. Students arrive as small children in coffins, are quickly indoctrinated into the school's strict rules -- including those forbidding escape -- instructed in natural science and dance in preparation for bizarre performances for the school's shadowy patrons, only to be released upon reaching puberty. Directed by French filmmaker Lucile Hadzihalilovic, the visually haunting picture conveys a sense of both innocence and dread, but its laggard pacing and plotless narrative undercut its feminist-flavored pretensions of social commentary concerning the role of women in society. Subtitles. A brief sensually suggestive scene. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America.
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