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Movie review: ‘An indescribable nightmare’ leads to a crisis of faith in ‘The Innocents’

Set in wintry 1945 Warsaw and based on true incidents, Anne Fontaine’s “The Innocents” is a moving study of what happens to the faithful when God’s plan suddenly seems impossible to follow. In its early scenes, a young French Red Cross doctor named Mathilde (Lou de Laage) is summoned to a rural convent after a frantic nun, Sister Maria (Agata Buzek), pleads with her for help. Upon arriving, Mathilde finds a nun in painful labor – and others in advanced pregnancy. They have endured, explains one haltingly, “an indescribable nightmare,” after a horrific Red Army occupation of the convent some months earlier. Shot in artful, quiet light (many of the frames look like elegant paintings), “The Innocents” is beautifully performed by its nearly all-female cast; each nun, even those unnamed, is given her own personality and story. And the film mesmerizingly examines the idea of faith: for Mathilde, who wonders how a God could have allowed such horrors to happen; for Sister Maria, who has her own crisis of faith (there’s a time, she says, when “your father lets go of your hand and you’re lost, alone in the dark”); for the Mother Abbess (Agata Kulesza), who struggles in her own relationship with God, and whose impassive face – at times she seems carved from wood – hides still more secrets.

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Ink, Spark Center make it official on Friday

Ink Artspace and the Spark Center, after a year of shacking up, are getting hitched. The two nonprofits – one that aims to create a vibrant arts culture, the other that adds health, tech and education components to the mix – have officially joined forces and will reveal a new name on Friday at a Golden Spike ceremony.

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