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Under the Sun of Satan (1987)

Sous le soleil de Satan (original title)
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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Jean-Claude Bourlat ...
Malorthy
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Le maquignon
Philippe Pallut ...
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. Written by Yepok

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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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References Diary of a Country Priest (1951) See more »

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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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Religious devotion, or delirium?
6 May 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The novice priest declares himself unable to pursue his calling, given the sinfulness that he speaks of in his parish. But, from the start, he is pouring out his feelings of inadequacy without our seeing anything that he has had to face. It is all mere talk; and his near hysteria might be explained when, after he has collapsed (in a faint, or a fit?), his sympathetic and humble spiritual adviser uncovers the blood-spattered chest--the consequence of his self-flagellation, of which we witness another bout later. Is he fanatical, or mad?

We see nothing of the parochial trials, and sickness, endured by Bernanos' Curé de campagne (Robert Bresson's film), faced with hostility and mockery from his villagers. The two traumatic events (Mouchette cutting her throat, and a dying boy "coming to life" in the priest's arms) shock us, but do not form an integral part of the curate's spiritual day-to-day experience. They are merely sensational. Depardieu is not convincing as an agonised believer. Yet, in the spontaneous sincerity of his accompanying interview, he appears to draw inspiration from Augustine!


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