Frankreich 1936: Die junge Francoise (Claude Jade) kommt von Paris aufs Land, wo sie sich in den Priester Jean (Robert Hossein) verliebt. Allen Widerständen und Francoises Schwangerschaft zum Trotz bleiben sie ein Paar. Doch dann wird Jean suspendiert und tritt der Résistance bei. Written by
It's MTV quality ,but it was an overlooked courageous move when it was released whereas it's one of La Patelière's most interesting movies ;still relevant today,when the priest are denied the right to marry .The Catholic Church has still a long way to go.
Robert Hossein is a true believer;he staged a successful production called "Un Homme Nommé Jesus ";both he and his excellent co-star ,the sadly missed Claude Piéplu ,were known for their liberal -even leftist
The action takes place between 1936 and 1942,with a very relevant epilogue in 1970. Priest Hossein falls in love with a lovely girl (Claude Jade ,Truffaut's protégée),he gets her pregnant,which ,in 1936 ,was scandalous .The main flaw is the depiction of the Relationship,which seems very natural;no stream of consciousness,the priest does not ask himself any questions,and ,as the other priest tells him :"you are individualistic ,you do not see the world around you,what happens in Spain or in Germany ...."
The scene with the bishop is revealing: our enemy is the communist ; Claude Piéplu ,who helps the generous communist mayor (Pierre Mondy),tells him so :"for a priest,it's as dangerous to be with a commie as to be with a woman!";all that makes the epilogue all the more revolting .
Perhaps the movie tackles too many subjects ,and sometimes the viewer forget the main subject : "if protestant ministers can have wife and children,why can't we?
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