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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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The hand and handwriting in the film belong to Robert Bresson. See more »

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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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Depressive, Human and Impressive
11 December 2005 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

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.

"Journal d'un Curé de Campagne" is a very depressive, human and impressive movie about faith, sin, religion, guilt, love and hate. The story is centered in a tormented and naive priest, very human and therefore having flaws inclusive in his character, who tries to help people of his parish through his best efforts. Suffering from cancer in the stomach due to alcoholism problem since his generation, he writes a journal where his feelings are shared with the viewers. The cinematography and the music score are simple, but very beautiful; the direction is perfect and the performances are stunning, highlighting Claude Laydu. I am not religious, but I liked this movie. I did not read the novel of George Bernanos, but in accordance with the information in the DVD, Robert Bresson changed the personality of the priest in his adaptation to the cinema, but reaching the same objective of the original character. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Diário de um Padre" ("Journal of a Priest")


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