1943, 96 min, France, Dir: Robert Bresson

Adapted by Jean Giraudoux from a Diderot novel, LES ANGES DU PECHE is a thriller in both the spiritual and the more traditional suspenseful sense - as well as being a magnificent example of that little recognized subgenre, the “nun movie.” A pampered young woman (Renee Faure) enters a Dominican convent and dedicates herself to saving a bitter, self-hating delinquent with a murderous heart (Jany Holt). As with many of Bresson’s subsequent characters, the nun’s search for salvation through sacrifice becomes a kind of Calvary, ending in humiliation, death and redemption. In French with English subtitles.

1966, Janus Films, 85 min, Sweden, Dir: Ingmar Bergman

When nurse Bibi Andersson forms a close bond with mute patient Liv Ullmann, the result is a psychic transference between two very troubled women - and a masterpiece by one of the cinema's greatest directors. Bergman's haunting story of mental and emotional breakdown is as audacious in style as it is searing in content. One of the director's most powerful achievements. Edited by Ulla Ryghe.

1977, Rainbow Releasing, 92 min, USA, Dir: Henry Jaglom

Sergeant Jack Falen (Dennis Hopper) is returning home from Vietnam on special assignment: to accompany the body of his friend by train to California for burial. On the way, the mentally splintery Jack engages in nebulous conversation with a number of fellow train passengers, and the lines between reality and hallucination begin to blur. "Dennis Hopper [gives] the best performance of his career in Henry Jaglom's devastating psychological drama on the effects of the Vietnam war on the American psyche." - Peter Biskind, author of Easy Riders, Raging Bulls

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