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5 April 1954 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 7 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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The kind of integrity and faith so strong and real, it frightens even the church See more (42 total) »

Cast

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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)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Serge Bento ... Mitonnet (as Serge Benneteau)
Germaine Stainval ... La patronne du café (uncredited)
François Valorbe ... Bit Role (uncredited)
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Directed by
Robert Bresson 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Georges Bernanos  novel
Robert Bresson 

Original Music by
Jean-Jacques Grünenwald  (as Jean-Jacques Grunenwald)
 
Cinematography by
Léonce-Henri Burel  (as L.H. Burel)
 
Film Editing by
Paulette Robert 
 
Art Direction by
Pierre Charbonnier 
 
Set Decoration by
Robert Turlure 
 
Production Management
Léon Carré .... production manager
Robert Sussfeld .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Guy Lefranc .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Paul Colin .... poster designer (uncredited)
Defo .... poster designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jean Rieul .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Roger Corbeau .... still photographer
Robert Juillard .... camera operator
 
Other crew
Michel Choquet .... general manager
Odette Lemarchand .... script supervisor
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Journal d'un curé de campagne" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
115 min | USA:95 min | Canada:122 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Finland:S | Finland:K-3 (new rating: 2001) | France:U (Visa #9831) | Singapore:PG | USA:Approved | West Germany:12 (w)

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Trivia:
The famous line, "All is grace," is a quotation from Therese de Lisieux, a saint to whom novelist Georges Bernanos was deeply devoted.See more »
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Curé d'Ambricourt:Our hidden sins poison the air that others breathe.See more »
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Referenced in Scorsese on Scorsese (2004) (TV)See more »

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29 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
The kind of integrity and faith so strong and real, it frightens even the church, 23 September 2006
Author: Asa_Nisi_Masa2 from Rome, Italy

A young priest has been assigned his first parish in a village somewhere in the North of France. Right from the first, essential opening shot in beautiful black and white, we instinctively get a sense of his isolation from any other human being. As the final credits rolled by, I don't know why I had the impulse to restart the DVD, and I watched the first 5 minutes of the movie again, realising just how much of a harbinger of extreme loneliness the opening frames are. Diary of a Country Priest is in good part about loneliness - the extreme physical, emotional and intellectual isolation of those who embark on an earnest mission, with an inability to compromise and a sincerity (with its resulting emotional vulnerability) which both frightens and repulses those who aren't ready to receive it. I was especially thankful to Bresson for having left us with a film about a priest which didn't involve his tiresome sexual issues in any shape or form - what a refreshing change! In the role of the young parish priest of Ambricourt, young Claude Laydu was in his debut role here - though he very occasionally shows his inexperience as an actor, he is nonetheless remarkable in the title role, and his sensitive, silently suffering, candid boyish face will remain with me for quite a while. It's extraordinary that such a movie, so completely devoid of any mass appeal or commercial potential, should have found someone willing to fund it. This kind of thing restores one's faith in the integrity and vision of certain cinematic enterprises.

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