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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.

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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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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Drama | Fantasy

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

10 February 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

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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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References Mouchette (1967) See more »

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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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Something of a travesty.
23 October 2017 | by Martin BradleySee all my reviews

If Maurice Pialat's "Under the Sun of Satan" reminds you thematically in some small way of Bresson's "Diary of a Country Priest" perhaps it's because both of them are based on novels by Georges Bernanos and both deal with a priest's lack of faith but whereas "Diary of a Country Priest" was rooted very much in a terrible reality Pialat's picture is largely phantasmagorical, you might even say supernatural. Gerard Depardieu is the doubting priest and Sandrine Bonnaire the misguided, possibly 'evil' girl whose soul he tries to save and it's so dour and po-faced it feels like a parody.

It's obvious were are meant to take it all very seriously but this is the worst kind of intellectual tosh; at least those dire exorcist horror movies involving priests don't have any pretensions to being anything other than what they are on the surface unlike this nonsense which controversially won the Palme d'Or but was booed by a large section of the audience who obviously saw through it. There are those who think it's a masterpiece but when set beside the Bresson picture it seems to me to be something of a travesty.


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