Benedetta Carlini (Virginie Efira) enters the convent in Pescia, Tuscany, as a novice in the late 17th century, when the country is ravaged by disease.
Benedetta's impact on communal life is immediate and significant, as she has been capable of performing miracles since she was a child.
Unsettling religious and sensual visions plague a 17th-century nun in Italy.
She is accompanied by a companion, and the two women's friendship blossoms into a romantic love affair.
Benedetta Carlini was a real nun in Pescia, a small hamlet in Northern Italy, in the early 17th century.
In a way that only he could, he chronicled the life of a lesbian nun in Renaissance Italy.
In this world, the female body is viewed as intrinsically wicked in all of its wants and functions.
There's a comet and a plague once the sexual relationship develops and things literally start to go to Hell in and around the convent.