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El sacerdote (1978)

Obsessed with fantasies of sex, Father Miguel seeks professional help through his church but they are not listening; thus leaving the Father in a dilemma; leaving the church or should he try, on his own, to surrender to these temptations?

Director:

Eloy de la Iglesia

Writer:

Enrique Barreiro (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Simón Andreu ... Padre Miguel
Emilio Gutiérrez Caba ... Padre Luis
José Franco ... Padre Alfonso
Ramón Reparaz Ramón Reparaz ... Padre Manuel
Ramón Pons Ramón Pons ... Padre Alberto
Martín Garrido Ramis Martín Garrido Ramis ... (as Martín Garrido)
Emilio Soriano Emilio Soriano
Fabián Conde Fabián Conde ... Vicente
José Manuel Cervino
Antonio Gonzalo Antonio Gonzalo
Antonio Gamero ... Padre de la novia
Emilio Fornet Emilio Fornet ... Loco
Raúl Fraire ... Francisco, padre del Padre Miguel (as Raul Fraire)
Eduardo MacGregor Eduardo MacGregor ... (as Eduardo Mac Gregor)
Fernando Chinarro Fernando Chinarro
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Obsessed with fantasies of sex, Father Miguel seeks professional help through his church but they are not listening; thus leaving the Father in a dilemma; leaving the church or should he try, on his own, to surrender to these temptations?

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Spanish

Release Date:

17 July 1978 (Spain) See more »

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The Priest See more »

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La primera comunión
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Scabrous and sensationalist film but with fine performances from Simón Andreu and Emilio Gutierrez Caba
29 August 2017 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

A strong tale of repression , obsession , celibacy , religious restriction , and forbidden love in which a priest is tempted by erotic desires . Obsessed with sexual fantasies , Father Miguel seeks professional help through other priests as the traditional Father Alfonso (José Franco) and a priest militant of a left-wing ideology Padre Luis (Emilio Gutiérrez Caba) , but they are not understanding him . As his physical desire coming to head with the celibacy , then the celibate Catholic priest falls in love with a married woman (Esperanza Roy) to a mistreating husband (Jose Manuel Cervino) , but risks escalate when he feels really disturbed in falling into ¨Sins¨. As he foolishly embarks on a walk of self-destruction , masochism , and culpability . Things go wrong when he returns his local village along with his mother (Queta Claver) , as he remembers his dark past , including father's (Raúl Fraire) mistreating , and his twisted relationships with childhood friends . At the final point the film abruptly finishes and , including unexpected as well as dire consequences .

This is a provoking and enlightening story in which sex desires collide with priesthood , forbidden loves , violence and self-flagellation . However , it is full of sensationalism , blasphemy , nudism , mutilation , and sexual aberrations as Sado-masochism , inter-courses , tortures , abuses and Zoofilia . This grim and politically incorrect film describes a strong confrontation between human nature and celibacy ; thus leaving the Father in a deep dilemma ; abandoning the Catholic church or should he attempt , on his own , to surrender to these erotic temptations? . Set in 1967 and including some political remarks from this troublesome period , and apparition of some posters showings usual events at the time as sexy advert or Festival Eurovision with Sandie Shaw . It displays a complex , extreme and curious screenplay by Enrique Barreiro and Eloy De La Iglesia himself . Nice acting by Simón Andreu as an upsetting priest who has a tryst with a married woman and becomes involved with an extreme obsession . Support cast is pretty good , such as José Vivó , José Franco , Africa Pratt ,José Manuel Cervino , Amparo Climent , Emilio Fornet , Antonio Gamero , and finally Queta Claver . Sad but appropriate musical score by Carmelo Bernaola. And evocative and atmospheric cinematography by Magi Torruella.

This sensationalistic film "The Priest¨ was regularly directed by Eloy De La Iglesia . Most his films dealt with sex including shots of nude males , homosexuality , politics and forbidden lovers . De La Iglesia was a notorious communist militant , drug addict and homosexual , these personal characteristics were widely shown in his films . Eloy was a talented Spanish movies director , he began working in cinema in 1966 , at his 22 years old , he debuted in a kiddies production , ¨Fantasy 3¨(66) . Following a sordid melodrama ¨Algo Amargo En La Boca¨ (67) and a boxing story , ¨Cuadrilatero¨(69) . De La Iglesia realizes a lot of thrilling pictures with erotic background as ¨Techo Cristal¨(70) , ¨Nadie Oyó Gritar¨ (72) , ¨Gota Sangre Para Seguir Amando¨ (73) , and scabrous tales as ¨Juegos Amor Prohibido¨(75) , ¨Otra Alcoba¨ (76) . And concerning youthful gay : ¨Placeres Ocultos¨(76) , ¨El Sacerdote¨(78) and politicians : ¨The Deputy ¨, ¨Mujer Del Ministro¨ . Although he became notorious in the years of the Spanish transition to democracy with shocking and polemic films as ¨El Pico 1¨ and 2¨ , ¨Cólegas¨ , ¨Navajeros¨, ¨La Estanquera De Vallecas¨ (87) . All of them dealt with druggies , dope sellers , delinquency , terrorism , underworld suburban and generational problems are the habitual subjects in his films , and specially dedicated to the underworld of heroin ; as well as the gay world . Passing of time hasn't had mercy with most of those movies , but they represented a time and a way of life in the history of Spain ; and now they may seem a little bit naive . His last films were an academic rendition based on Henry James' novel : ¨The turn of the screw¨ and ¨Los Novios Búlgaros¨.


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