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Léon Morin, Priest (1961)

Léon Morin, prêtre (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance, War | 22 September 1961 (France)
Set during occupied France, a faithless woman finds herself falling in love with a young priest.

Writers:

Béatrix Beck (based on the novel by) (as Béatrice Beck), Jean-Pierre Melville (adaptation)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Paul Belmondo ... Léon Morin
Emmanuelle Riva ... Barny (as Emmanuele Riva)
Irène Tunc ... Christine Sangredin
Nicole Mirel Nicole Mirel ... Sabine Levy
Gisèle Grimm Gisèle Grimm ... Lucienne
Marco Behar Marco Behar ... Edelman (as Marco Béhar de la Comédie Française)
Monique Bertho Monique Bertho ... Marion
Marc Eyraud Marc Eyraud ... Anton (as Marc Heyraud)
Nina Grégoire Nina Grégoire ... (as Nina Gregoire)
Monique Hennessy Monique Hennessy ... Arlette
Edith Loria Edith Loria ... Danielle Holdenberg
Micheline Schererre Micheline Schererre
Renée Liques Renée Liques
Simone Vannier Simone Vannier ... Une secrétaire
Lucienne Marchand Lucienne Marchand ... Une secrétaire
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Storyline

In World War II, the widow Barny sees the Italian soldiers arriving in occupied Saint Bernard while walking to her job. Barny lives with her daughter and works correcting tests and feels a great attraction toward her boss Sabine. When the Germans arrive, Barny sends her half-Jewish daughter to live in a farm in the countryside and finds that Sabine's brother has been arrested and sent to a concentration camp. The atheist Barny decides to baptize her daughter to protect her and chooses priest Léon Morin to discuss with him themes related to religion and Catholicism and Léon lends books to her. Barny converts to the Catholicism and becomes closer to Léon, feeling an unrequited desire for him. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #572. See more »

Quotes

Léon Morin: It's not easy to admit one's faults to one's neighbor.
Barny: It's not a problem since I don't believe in God.
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Connections

Featured in Code Name: Melville (2008) See more »

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Good actors' performance, if a little didactic !
12 September 2004 | by nicholas.rhodesSee all my reviews

I discovered this one recently in my local market on a double DVD with a film called "Les Grandes Gueules". It was interesting to see Belmondo in the rôle of a priest and I thought his dialogue and ideas were very convincing indeed ! Emanuelle Riva, I know less but she put in a good performance too. The outcome, nevertheless, is predictable and, as is often the case in French films unfortunately, ends on a pessimistic note ! Although the film is in black and white and from 1961, picture and sound quality are reasonably good. I was most pleased to see Belmondo in this rôle which changes somewhat from stuntman and the usual commissaires de police ! I am moderately religious so was interested in the theme and ideas of the film. That said, on the other hand, to someone who is anti-religion, heathen or atheist, the film might indeed appear uninteresting and boring !


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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | English | German

Release Date:

22 September 1961 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Forgiven Sinner See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,515, 19 April 2009

Gross USA:

$72,078

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$72,078
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (2003 re-release) | | (4K Restored Version)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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