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Under the Sun of Satan (1987)

Sous le soleil de Satan (original title)
A priest stuck in a rural congregation and burdened with his overwrought spirituality, finds purpose in a troubled woman accused of murder.

Director:

Maurice Pialat

Writers:

Georges Bernanos (novel), Sylvie Pialat (scenario) (as Sylvie Danton) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gérard Depardieu ... Donissan
Sandrine Bonnaire ... Mouchette
Maurice Pialat ... Menou-Segrais
Alain Artur Alain Artur ... Cadignan
Yann Dedet Yann Dedet ... Gallet
Brigitte Legendre Brigitte Legendre ... La mère de Mouchette
Jean-Claude Bourlat Jean-Claude Bourlat ... Malorthy
Jean-Christophe Bouvet ... Le maquignon
Philippe Pallut Philippe Pallut ... Le carrier
Marcel Anselin Marcel Anselin ... Mgr Gerbier
Yvette Lavogez Yvette Lavogez ... Marthe
Pierre D'Hoffelize Pierre D'Hoffelize ... Havret (as Pierre d'Hoffelize)
Corinne Bourdon Corinne Bourdon ... La mère de l'enfant
Thierry Der'ven Thierry Der'ven ... Sabroux
Marie-Antoinette Lorge Marie-Antoinette Lorge ... Estelle
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A priest stuck in a rural congregation and burdened with his overwrought spirituality, finds purpose in a troubled woman accused of murder.

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Genres:

Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »
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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

10 February 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Under the Sun of Satan See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

When the movie was announced as the winner of the Palme D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival (with the jury declaring that it was an unanimous vote), the audience whistled when the director Maurice Pialat was on his way to the stage to receive the award. Pialat's response to this was to raise his fist, replying: "If you don't like me, I don't like you either". See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Donissan: With you, everything looks easy. Alone, I'm useless. I'm like the zero, only useful next to other numbers. Priests are so miserable. They waste their lives seeing God being ignored. People make jokes on us. We're like those walls where people write obscenities.
Menou-Segrais: You're tired.
Donissan: Tired? I'm not tired. Tired is a bad thought.
Menou-Segrais: Suspend your visits.
Donissan: Those visits do more harm than good. In the beginning, I didn't know evil. I learned it from the mouths of the sinners.
Menou-Segrais: No one knows better ...
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Connections

Featured in One Hundred and One Nights (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Intermezzo de la Symphonie No. 1
Musique: Henri Dutilleux
Orchestre National de Lyon
Direction: Serge Baudo
édition Amphion
enregistrement H.M.C. 5159 Harmonia Mundi
c/o Music Services
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Country Priest Fights Evil
3 October 2016 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Dossignan (Gérard Depardieu) is a zealous rural priest. The dean Menou-Segrais tries to keep him reasonable. But Dossignan will be tempted by Satan, then will try to save the soul of Mouchette, a young woman who killed one of her lovers.

Having not read the original novel, I couldn't say how much is from the original and how much is from the film itself. But despite being from the 1920s, the story has a very modern feel to it. It could be the 1920s, the 1980s or even the 2010s.

There is that constant play between faith, conviction and organization. And it need not be the Catholic Church. Any organization, religious or secular, will have its passionate members who want to do something more. This is a very nice examination of that, and really showcases what made Depardieu an international star.


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