Convent of Sinners (1986) from Tuna

Eva Grimaldi is raped by her father. Because of this lack of decorum on her part, she is forced to become a nun. After her novitiate, she is sent to a convent which is, surprise surprise surprise, filled with lesbians. Mother superior takes a liking to her, much to the chagrin of the second in command and former lover of mother superior. Eva discovers that the father confessor is also a reluctant cleric, and hopes to get free of her vows with his help.

The second in command, fearful of losing her power and position, tries to convince everyone that Grimaldi is possessed. Mother superior is sick in bed and can't help. The bishop hears that Grimaldi wants out, and realizes that she has a strong case, but decides that the church would not be served by the hearing, nor by her stories of rampant lesbianism and cruelty in the convent.  I don't want to give too much away, but the entire Catholic Church is a formidable foe for a young nun.

This is actually a Joe D'Amato nunsploitation film, but that label doesn't do justice to this effort.  D'Amato was too busy telling his story and attacking the Catholic Church to do much exploiting. People were forced into a religious life that they didn't want and were not good at. Politics kept the church from doing the right thing with a poor young girl. The convent was rife with rampant lesbianism and torture. These factors and more made this a highly shocking and political film. I



  • DVD: This is one of the best dubbing jobs I have ever seen, and the widescreen anamorphic transfer is wonderful.
  • "Sex, Truth & Videotape" featurette
  • Joe D'Amato trailer reel



Eva Grimaldi is naked throughout much of the film

Various unknowns are naked in the nunsploitation equivalent of a prison shower scene.

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Based on this description, as nunsploitation, this is a C-, with barely enough sex and nudity to satisfy genre requirements. However, it is also of interest as a legitimate indictment of the Catholic Church, and earns a C as a muckraking drama.

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