Screen Time: 100%
Age: 10 years old
Directed: Cæcilia Holbek Trier
Genre: Coming of Age, Drama
Eleven-year old Johanne is sent to a Catholic boarding school. Suffering from homesickness, she explores this strange new world. This adolescent cannot comply with the rigorous demands of faith, and she’s forced to make a difficult decision.
Movie ReviewsI've always wondered why Amalie Dollerup is (was) such a popular child actress in Denmark. Her perfomances in Bøllebob and Forbudt for born didn't impress me much.
But this is exceptional. I've never seen such a true and profound portrayal of loneliness and isolation of a girl, left in the care of an 'institute'. Amalie does some brilliant acting here, and although Nonnebørn is rather slow paced, I wasn't bored a second.
Add that to the very beautiful photography and the lovely, haunting score - and I'd say you have a winner. One of the big mysteries, nevertheless, is that this movie has never been released on DVD, and has become truly rare. Why don't they release it on DVD, and make it internationally available? It's beats me.. It's a timeless piece of coming-of-age cinema, very Danish, and a welcome refreshment compared to rubbish like Drømmen and the (not-so-)Hollywood-adept De Fortabte Sjæles Ø.. [review by ALIPTES]