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Under the Sun of Satan (1987)

Sous le soleil de Satan (original title)
TV-MA | | Drama, Fantasy | 10 February 1989 (USA)
Dossignan is a zealous rural priest. The dean Menou-Segrais tries to keep him reasonable. But Dossignan will be tempted by Satan, then will try to save the soul of Mouchette, a young girl who killed one of her lovers.

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Alain Artur ...
Cadignan
Yann Dedet ...
Gallet
Brigitte Legendre ...
La mère de Mouchette
Jean-Claude Bourlat ...
Malorthy
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Le maquignon
Philippe Pallut ...
Le carrier
Marcel Anselin ...
Mgr Gerbier
Yvette Lavogez ...
Marthe
Pierre D'Hoffelize ...
Havret (as Pierre d'Hoffelize)
Corinne Bourdon ...
La mère de l'enfant
Thierry Der'ven ...
Sabroux
Marie-Antoinette Lorge ...
Estelle
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Dossignan is a zealous rural priest. The dean Menou-Segrais tries to keep him reasonable. But Dossignan will be tempted by Satan, then will try to save the soul of Mouchette, a young girl who killed one of her lovers.

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When the movie was announced as the winner of the Palme D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival (with the jury declaring that it was an unanimous vote), the audience whistled when the director Maurice Pialat was on his way to the stage to receive the award. Pialat's response to this was to raise his fist, replying: "If you don't like me, I don't like you either". See more »

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[first lines]
Donissan: With you, everything looks easy. Alone, I'm useless. I'm like the zero, only useful next to other numbers. Priests are so miserable. They waste their lives seeing God being ignored. People make jokes on us. We're like those walls where people write obscenities.
Menou-Segrais: You're tired.
Donissan: Tired? I'm not tired. Tired is a bad thought.
Menou-Segrais: Suspend your visits.
Donissan: Those visits do more harm than good. In the beginning, I didn't know evil. I learned it from the mouths of the sinners.
Menou-Segrais: No one knows better ...
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Intermezzo de la Symphonie No. 1
Musique: Henri Dutilleux
Orchestre National de Lyon
Direction: Serge Baudo
édition Amphion
enregistrement H.M.C. 5159 Harmonia Mundi
c/o Music Services
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Love It or Prepare to Fall Asleep-or Both
8 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

As with countless other fine and well-meaning French productions, this one has plenty of intricate dialogue-which is seldom translated in whole. As a result, I am sure that for some people the narrative barely makes any sense; for others it will be unjustifiably dense and even lyric. I am sure some people must love the slow pace and the religious subject matter to the point of exaltation. As it happens with the immensely frustrating film Therese [Alain Cavalier, 90m, 1986], this one never really delivers on its premises/promises. I do not want to give away its really simplistic plot, so won't get into the details of its many faux pas dealing with the simple life of a country faux naif. That said, I just want to add how the film manages to elevate its pretentiousness to the level of art! The viewer is left to feel below the film's main theme and message, mainly on account that it deals with mystical matters not to be understood by the viewing masses-especially by those who watch the film. The point is lost in the main character's constant self-flagellation-physical and spiritual. The, in short, viewer can never identify with Donissan or with Mouchette-or with anyone else in the film. Even Buñuel's The Milky Way [1968] is easier and more fun, and this is a stretch. To be sure, we know what is going on at all times, but it is hard to imagine why is there so much ado about matters that are best left untouched. For a more vivid portray of the struggles of religious significance see Agnes of God [1985], The Last Temptation of Jesus Christ [1988], or El crimen del padre Amaro [2002]. Should you insist in seeing this uneven production, which is only available in a very poor VHS format, go on at your own peril. At least-if it is any consolation-it isn't that long!


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