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Diary of a Country Priest (1951)

Journal d'un curé de campagne (original title)
Approved | | Drama | 5 April 1954 (USA)
A young priest taking over the parish at Ambricourt tries to fulfill his duties even as he fights a mysterious stomach ailment.

Director:

Robert Bresson

Writers:

Georges Bernanos (novel), Robert Bresson (scenario)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 7 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Claude Laydu ... Priest of Ambricourt (Curé d'Ambricourt)
Jean Riveyre Jean Riveyre ... Count (Le Comte)
Adrien Borel Adrien Borel ... Priest of Torcy (Curé de Torcy) (as Andre Guibert)
Rachel Bérendt Rachel Bérendt ... Countess (La Comtesse) (as Marie-Monique Arkell)
Nicole Maurey ... Miss Louise
Nicole Ladmiral Nicole Ladmiral ... Chantal
Martine Lemaire Martine Lemaire ... Séraphita Dumontel
Antoine Balpêtré Antoine Balpêtré ... Dr. Delbende (Docteur Delbende) (as Balpetre)
Jean Danet Jean Danet ... Olivier
Gaston Séverin Gaston Séverin ... Canon (Le Chanoine) (as Gaston Severin)
Yvette Etiévant ... Femme de ménage
Bernard Hubrenne Bernard Hubrenne ... Priest Dufrety
Léon Arvel Léon Arvel ... Fabregars
Martial Morange Martial Morange ... Deputy mayor (L'Adjoint)
Gilberte Terbois Gilberte Terbois ... Mrs. Dumouchel (Mme Dumouchel)
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Storyline

In Ambricourt, an idealistic young Priest (Claude Laydu) arrives to be the local parish priest. He attempts to live a Christ-like life, but his actions are misunderstood. The community of the small town does not accept him, and although having a serious disease in the stomach, the inexperienced and frail priest tries to help the dwellers, and has a situation with the wealthy family of the location. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Drama

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

5 April 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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First film of Claude Laydu. See more »

Quotes

Curé de Torcy: Make order. Make order all day long. Make order while thinking that disorder will take over the following day, because it is precisely within order, unfortunately, that the night will blow away yesterday's work.
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Doubt of the soul
17 July 2005 | by Jes BeierSee all my reviews

That Robert Bresson's (1907-1999) films is somewhat hard to digest must be the understatement of the century. But for those who feel entangled in the most profound questions of the human existence, this movie must seem like a harrowing thriller! All others will probably be more or less indifferent to the escapades of a young priest in a small french village. Bresson's movies are among the most unique in the history of motion pictures; they are like nothing else I have ever seen and the themes are somewhat innovative. That is, the storyline are simple, but in all his films he deals with tormented people and the main theme seems to be the search for freedom and the futile battle against the human conditions. In a sense he is the most pessimistic of all directors, not only the french, but in a strange way he is perhaps the one that is closest to the truth and to life itself.


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