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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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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)

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
 
Crew believed to be complete


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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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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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Reportedly, director Andrei Tarkovsky's favorite film.See more »
Quotes:
[subtitled version]
Countess:Love is stronger than death. Your scriptures say so.
Curé d'Ambricourt:We did not invent love. It has its order, its law.
Countess:God is its master.
Curé d'Ambricourt:He is not the master of love. He is love itself. If you would love, don't place yourself beyond love's reach.
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46 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
A rewarding experience, 24 December 2005
Author: jameskinsman (jameskinsman@gmail.com) from London, England

Journal d'un cure de Campagne is about a young priest who, whilst suffering from an illness, is assigned to a new parish in a French country village. The story is told by the priests recounting of his experiences in his diary. This itself is a powerful narrative device, as we not only understand the experiences of the protagonist, but also how he reflects upon them with hindsight, relating his observations to faith and human nature. As he carries out his duties in his new parish though, he is treated with animosity and hatred by many of the villiagers, because they see him as an unwanted intrusion into their lives. As he becomes estranged, and to an extend outcast by the townspeople, he increasingly relies on his faith for strength and comfort, however even this begins to fade as he witnesses the townspeople purvey sinful and malicous behaviour, damaging his faith in human nature.

The films of Robert Bresson, although wonderful, can at times seem austere almost to the point of being drained of any emotion. Before passing judgement though, it is important to understand his aims and understanding of film making. Bresson believed that the theatrical performing of actors had no place in cinema, and so typically cast non-actors for his films. The reason for his desire to suppress performing, was to avoid the melodramatic histrionics common with conventional acting as he believed it shortchanges the complexities of human emotion that in real life are much more subtle and not always on the surface. A large part of who we are he believed, is determined by experience, circumstance and environment. These elements affect the way we 'perform' and obscure who we are at the core essence of our being. Bresson was much more concerned with this person, whom we are when all our affectations are removed and we are laid bare. In Diary of a Country Priest, Bresson had Claude Laydu repeat scenes many times in order so that he would rid himself of all natural desire to perform. This suppressed emotion re-introduces the intricately nuanced expression, replacing the scenes with a delicate and contemplative lilt. Like Ozu, another master of character expression and portrayal, Bresson proves that by adopting this method in conjunction with his wonderful compositions, it forces the viewer to replace the lack of gratuitous emotion with their own feelings, resulting in moments of genuine pathos and emotion.

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