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An American nun uncovers sinister secrets in a remote Italian convent.


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Immaculate is a film directed by Michael Mohan (The Voyeurs) that starts from the conventions of nunsploitation—a subgenre of exploitation cinema featuring nuns and typically exploring themes like desire, sex, sin, and crises of faith—and dares to subvert them. The plot follows a young American novice, Cecilia (Sydney Sweeney), who moves to a convent in Italy, where she is warmly welcomed by Father Tedeschi (Money Heist's Álvaro Morte). However, her stay soon turns into a confusing nightmare, and she discovers that she is part of a grand, yet terrifying, church plan. The film manages to overcome the most unfortunate clichés of nunsploitation, where women are sometimes just a means to an end, to criticize the Catholic Church and its double standards towards women. Sweeney's performance may fall short at times, but when it's time to go crazy, it will leave you more than satisfied—and shocked.

Lalo Ortega

Lalo Ortega

Assistant Editor at Filmelier

Plot summary

Sydney Sweeney stars as Cecilia, an American nun of devout faith, embarking on a new journey in a remote convent in the picturesque Italian countryside. Cecilia’s warm welcome quickly devolves into a nightmare as it becomes clear her new home harbors a sinister secret and unspeakable horrors.

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