Film - Feature | July 11 | 6:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Banned for two years in France for its supposedly excessive attack on the Church, Rivettes adaptation of Denis Diderots famous novel of eighteenth-century convent life became a cause célèbre. Anna Karina plays a young woman, Suzanne, whose parents force her to enter a convent. The institution proves prisonlike and on a deeper level of individual repression, is revealed as an arena for sexual hysteria and slavery. In her drive for freedom from authoritarian abuse in its myriad forms, Suzanne moves inexorably towards tragedy. Rivettes style, rigorous and simple, perfectly expresses this movement and the claustrophobic world from which there is no escape.