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Diary of a Country Priest (1951)
"Journal d'un curé de campagne" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  5 April 1954 (USA)
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A young priest taking over the parish at Ambricourt tries to fulfill his duties even as he fights a mysterious stomach ailment.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Claude Laydu ...
Priest of Ambricourt (Curé d'Ambricourt)
Jean Riveyre ...
Count (Le Comte)
Adrien Borel ...
Priest of Torcy (Curé de Torcy) (as Andre Guibert)
Rachel Bérendt ...
Countess (La Comtesse) (as Marie-Monique Arkell)
Nicole Maurey ...
Miss Louise
Nicole Ladmiral ...
Chantal
Martine Lemaire ...
Séraphita Dumontel
Antoine Balpêtré ...
Dr. Delbende (Docteur Delbende) (as Balpetre)
Jean Danet ...
Olivier
Gaston Séverin ...
Canon (Le Chanoine) (as Gaston Severin)
Yvette Etiévant ...
Femme de ménage
Bernard Hubrenne ...
Priest Dufrety
Léon Arvel ...
Fabregars
Martial Morange ...
Deputy mayor (L'Adjoint)
Gilberte Terbois ...
Mrs. Dumouchel (Mme Dumouchel)
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In Ambricourt, a young Priest (Claude Laydu) arrives to be the local parish priest. The community of the small town does not accept him, and although having a serious disease in the stomach, the inexperienced and frail priest tries to help the dwellers, and has a situation with the wealthy family of the location. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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First film of Claude Laydu. See more »

Quotes

Curé d'Ambricourt: I said to her, "Peace be with you," and she'd received that peace on her knees. What wonder, that one can give what one doesn't possess! Oh, miracle of our empty hands!
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How to do a religious film without mentioning God.
12 July 2004 | by (Pembroke, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

How does one write about religion without hardly even mentioning God? This masterpiece shows better than any other film that religion is not about God, but about us. Religion is a box into which we try to put God. As Voltaire said or wrote, "God has created us into His image , but we have returned the compliment." I am a deeply religious man, yet I have not set foot in a church for the past 30 years or so, except for marriages, baptisms, funerals and the like. In that sense, this is a deeply religious film. However, it is about religiosity, not strictly about religion. It is about the wife who will speak about the sins of her husband for an hour during confession, and where the priest has to interrupt her and tell her "Now that I have heard the confession of your husband, may I hear your own?" How such a movie could have been made by an avowed atheist is beyond me. In that sense, I feel a deep kinship with Robert Bresson and with the writer, Georges Bernanos. In short, this is a blue-blood MASTERPIECE !!! Buy it, steal it, rent it, lie for it, but see it, please !


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