An anguished foster child takes to mischief and lies as his foster parents do their best to love and care for him. But it might be too little, too late in this emotionally devastating portrayal of the orphaned child.
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 »
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.
Tired? I'm not tired. Tired is a bad thought.
Suspend your visits.
Those visits do more harm than good. In the beginning, I didn't know evil. I learned it from the mouths of the sinners.
No one knows better than a ...
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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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