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Plot hole: Despite being whipped and needing to go to the hospice afterwards to have her wounds seen to, when we see Madeleine later in the film she doesn't act as though she had whiplashes across her shoulders - she lies on her back that very night in bed, and gets up without a wince, she holds her shawl close when she is wandering around the asylum, she leans back against chairs, and in all the later scenes she is still wearing her tight bodice, despite the fact that such wounds would have been very painful for ages afterwards.

Continuity mistake: In Abbe's dream, when he and Madeleine are making love, the position of their heads changes from being face to face in all the side shots, to side by side (so we can see Madeleine's face) in all the above shots. Madeleine's eyebrows also change, from having a kink in the left side one in several of the frontal shots, and to being smooth in all the side views.

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Madeleine: It's a sin against God for me to refuse your kindness. But my heart's held fast here.
Coulmier: By whom? The Marquis?
Madeleine: Mother's not half so blind as you.

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Trivia: The Marquis de Sade, a promiscuous man and a convicted rapist died of syphilis (a sexually-transmitted disease) in 1814.

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Question: When Maddie leaves Abe's bedroom (after they shared a quick kiss), he rushes back out and calls her. Why does he call her back? If he wanted to say something to her, why not say it when she was in the room?

Answer: Because he apparently had to work the courage up to say whatever it is he wanted to say. He was conflicted in his feelings for Maddie. He's a priest and isn't supposed to 'want' her the way he does. Catholic priests take a vow of chastity and he was trying to deal with his feelings as a man and his vows as a priest.

Shannon Jackson

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