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Under the Sun of Satan (1987)

Sous le soleil de Satan (original title)
TV-MA | | Drama, Fantasy | 10 February 1989 (USA)
Dossignan 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 girl who killed one of her lovers.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Donissan
... Mouchette
... Menou-Segrais
Alain Artur ... Cadignan
Yann Dedet ... Gallet
Brigitte Legendre ... La mère de Mouchette
Jean-Claude Bourlat ... Malorthy
... Le maquignon
Philippe Pallut ... Le carrier
Marcel Anselin ... Mgr Gerbier
Yvette Lavogez ... Marthe
Pierre D'Hoffelize ... Havret (as Pierre d'Hoffelize)
Corinne Bourdon ... La mère de l'enfant
Thierry Der'ven ... Sabroux
Marie-Antoinette Lorge ... Estelle
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Dossignan 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 girl who killed one of her lovers.

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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 »

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[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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Uninvolving
17 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

I couldn't relate to this film. It failed to engage me either intellectually, emotionally or aesthetically. The dialogue was very dense and uninvolving. I couldn't connect with and hence care about any of the characters and I'm finding it hard to find much that's positive to say about it.

I've read that to understand it properly one needs to be familiar with some of the more obscure aspects of Catholic theology. I'll admit that, as an atheist, I probably am unfamiliar with many of the finer details of Catholicism, but I have also seen many films dealing with religious issues that have touched me because their themes are still universal to the human condition and don't rely on specialised knowledge or beliefs.


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