Matka Joanna od aniolow / The Devil and the Nun / Mother Joan of the Angels (1961) DVD9
A gaunt, weary priest named Father Joseph Suryn arrives at a quaint village inn to rest for the evening, eating his scant portion of bread alongside a bawdy, drunken patron named Wolodkowicz who is quick to ridicule his asceticism. The voluptuous barmaid, Adwosia, goaded by Wolodkowicz into foretelling the priest's future, provides two cryptic predictions for Father Suryn: that he will meet a maiden who is a mother, and that his beloved will be humpbacked. The portentous words begin to take on relevance when Father Suryn is revealed to be the fifth priest to be dispatched by the church to a remote convent on the outskirts of town. A cloistered order of Ursuline nuns are reported to be possessed by demons, purportedly under the influence of an executed, morally flawed secular priest named Father Grandier.
Nevertheless, despite Father Grandier's death, the bewitching of the nuns continues to resurface, manifesting through incomprehensible, often violent fits of convulsion, blasphemy, and hysteria. Father Suryn has been assigned to exorcise Mother Joan - the most tormented of the nuns - from the purported eight devils that have taken possession of her physical body in the belief that her salvation will expurgate the entire convent. However, as Father Suryn obsessively struggles to understand the root of Mother Joan's spiritual affliction, he becomes increasingly tormented with own conflicting emotions towards her seemingly irredeemable soul...

DVD9 | PAL 4:3 | 01:45:30 | 7.88 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Polish, Russian
Subtitles: English
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery

Director: Jerzy Kawalerowicz
Cast: Lucyna Winnicka, Mieczyslaw Voit, Anna Ciepielewska
Country: Poland

• New filmed appreciation by Michael Brooke

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