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Diary of a Country Priest (1951)

Journal d'un curé de campagne (original title)
Not Rated | | 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 & 2 nominations. 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 ... 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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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Trivia

First film of Claude Laydu. See more »

Quotes

Curé d'Ambricourt: All is grace.
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Fight to keep faith
18 January 2006 | by millertereSee all my reviews

This is a deeply religious film. It conveys anguish and despair. It may seem depressing but you find hope. It is a great movie made with a very slow rhythm that fits perfectly with the life and the thoughts of the priest. Each scene fades to black slowly into the next and leaves you waiting with that sense of "nothing" that tortures the priest. It is intense in the dialogs, although you may have to see it several times before you can really "catch" them. The struggle to believe, to persevere, to find, to know is common to all the characters in different ways. "Before me, a black wall" says th priest; I think, we all had similar thoughts, at least once in our lives.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

5 April 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Diary of a Country Priest See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,674, 27 February 2011

Gross USA:

$47,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$47,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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