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The Novices
The Novices
Actors: Brigitte Bardot, Annie Girardot, Jean Carmet, Jacques Duby, Jess Hahn
Director: Guy Casaril
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama
R     2003     1hr 31min

Agnes, a nun, follows the convent to the beach for a swim in the ocean. She soon abandons the group and takes off on an adventurous romp. When she meets Lisa, a fun-loving hooker, she thinks that perhaps being a prostitut...  more »

     
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Actors: Brigitte Bardot, Annie Girardot, Jean Carmet, Jacques Duby, Jess Hahn
Director: Guy Casaril
Creators: Claude Lecomte, Guy Casaril, Nicole Gauduchon, André Génovès, Georges Casati, Paul Gégauff
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama
Studio: Pathfinder Home Ent.
Format: DVD - Color - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 07/29/2003
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 31min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: French
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

4 stars for Bardot
David E. Miller | Las Vegas, USA | 03/31/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This Bardot vehicle boasts an excellent transfer to DVD. BB is in fine comedic form, and Annie Girardot is altogether convincing in her "straight" role as a serious prostitute. The best moments include Brigitte (Agnes) learning the "tricks" of the trade, being followed everywhere by the scroungy mutt she has adopted, and trying to get up the courage to kill a stolen chicken for dinner. Guaranteed to make you laugh.

Although BB is very sexy in her street clothes and nurse's uniform (don't ask), you won't find any nudity in this film---unless you count a see-thru bra worn at the beach.

This film was released in 1970, so BB is 36 years old and is at the peak of her sexual charm and alluring beauty (she is showing her age three years later in "Don Juan, or If Don Juan Were a Woman;" on the bright side, she is also showing a lot more skin). My favorite BB films are still "Please Not Now!" and "Plucking the Daisy" (in that order), but I'm definitely pleased to have "Les Novices" in my collection of 12 BB films. By the way, my least favorite is "Les Femmes."

As usual Brigitte speaks French clearly enough and slowly enough for any American who understands French to understand. Annie, on the other hand, speaks French so rapidly that I had to glance at the subtitles now and then to catch what she was saying. Unfortunately, the subtitles are not all that accurate. They are correctly spelled, however.

I give "Les Novices" 4 stars because it's a well made film, because it has both comedic and poignant moments, because it is creative in its storyline, and because BB is such a pleasure to watch. You'll love it when she winks!"
Innocent nun and soul of [prostitute]
Visa | Vaajakoski Finland | 11/04/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Brigitte Bardot plays an innocent nun Agnes, who escapes from the convent and ending to Parish with a [prostitute]-playing Annie Girardot. This Guy Gasarel's film has a some problems at a time of filming-but anyway ,result seems very good and fun. BB shows that she can be brilliant comedienne as she wants-and Annie Girardot has a soul of all [prostitutes]of the world!.
When those women try to get that old-proffession job, there is meny enjoyable moments with ladys at a Parish nights-when novice is a real novice as a new job. Brigitte bardot's acting has a clamour and the rhytm of comedy. It is perfect contrast with opposite Annie Girardot's stone-hearth professional. And she will chance...I don't tell the ending-but I'm shure you'l suprise. This DVD earns special thanks for it's original frens dialogue-beautiful color and sharp picture-also a art of case is fine and not so over-sexy packing as BB's films usually."
Average comedy
Alexis' fan | Dublin, Ireland | 03/01/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)

"I was excited to see another Bardot film out on DVD and ordered this before it was released. Though rather entertaining and with a stunning Bardot in her mid 30's looking at her most beautiful self I can't help wondering if it could have been better.The ingredients were certainly there : an alluring Bardot and the great comedian in Annie Girardot. To be fair it was enjoyable enough but it just lacked that extra punch that would have made it better."