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Poor Susanna (Eva Grimaldi) is thrown into a convent after her stepdad
has raped her. Thing is, Susanna is a god-fearing woman but she just
doesn't feel the vocation to become a nun, and consequently she falls in
love with the first good-looking man who crosses her path, father Morel
with whom she eventually even has sex.
Even though she might not be the best of nuns, Susanna has caught the
eye of the Mother Superior, who favours her over all the other nuns ...
and tries to get into her panties - much to the dismay of Sister Teresa
second-in-command at the convent and the Mother Superior's lover up to
now, who soon starts giving Susanna a hard time, helped by the fact that
Mother Superior's health is deteriorating ...
Soon enough, Sister Teresa convinces everybody but fatehr Morel and
Susanna's best friend Sister Ursula (Jessica Moore) that Susanna is
possessed, and she has her tortured and treated by an exorcist -
and before long, the inquisition pays the convent a visit. Monsignor
Albrecht though, who heads the trial against Susanna, does not pay too
much heed to the allegations of Sister Teresa and the exorcist and gives
Susanna a fighting chance - but at the trial, only Sister Ursula comes to
her defense, while Father Morel, more worried about his career in the
church than his lover, decides it's safer to side with Sister Teresa, and
with his testimony he virtually condemns Susanna to death. Seeing how the
church has betrayed her, Susanna tears off her cloths in the courtroom and
gives herself to the devil ...
Of course, like with all nunsploitation, this film finds many an excuse
to show naked women in all sorts of sexual situations and it also contains
a fair share of torture (of naked women of course) - but that said, the
film isn't quite as sleazy as both the genre and its director Joe D'Amato,
a man famous for his sleaze output, would suggest, it's actually more
character- and story-driven, which is not necessarily a good thing since
the movie's script is pretty muddled and the actors and actresses are not
always up to the task of embodying their characters - in anything that
goes beyond nudity anyways. What remains is a comparatively harmless
nunsploitation flick with its fair share of nudity and almost tasteful
torture scenes - and its also a film that looks positively glossy compared
to Joe D'Amato's usual output. However, it's not a film that in any way
stands out among his many movies ...
By the way, the novel this film was based on, La Religieuse by
Denis Diderot, was previously filmed as La Religieuse/The Nun
in 1966 by Jacques Rivette, with Anna Karina in the lead.