Flavia the Heretic (1974) - Rotten Tomatoes

Flavia the Heretic (1974)





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A young girl in the 13th century is sent to a nunnery in Portugal. There she is subjected to torture, rape and whippings, but she escapes with a Jewish man named Abraham. She soon takes on a Muslim lover, who leads an invading army that castrates rapists. Amazingly enough, some of this story is actually based on historical fact.


Jill Pratt
as Mother Superior
María Casares
as Sister Agatha
Spiros Focás
as Il duca francese{ita}
Laura De Marchi
as Tarantula Cult Woman
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Critic Reviews for Flavia the Heretic

All Critics (1)

Heretic can be crude with bizarre flashes of brutality, but it remains potent and thought-provoking, reflecting on a bound existence with unusual patience and respect for its audience.

February 28, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Flavia the Heretic


Italian Nunsploitation drama set in Medieval Southern Italy during the Islamic invasion. A little unfair to label this a nunsploitation film to be honest, it's better than that and is quite well made. Of course there's a bit of sex, nudity and torture but it's relevant to the story which is allegedly based on true events. The actress that plays the rebel nun is quite good and the film has an authentic look. It's not great, a little slow at times, but worth a look. Be warned - there's a horse castration scene! Painful!

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