Diary of a Country PriestPG

Directed by Robert Bresson | France | 1951 | 1h 55m | French w/ English subtitles | Starring Claude Laydu, Nicole Ladmiral, Nicole Maurey, Antoine Balpêtré

A young priest arrives in a country village in Northern France to attend to his first parish. However, the hostility of the locals and increasing discomfort caused by a stomach illness leads to an unshakeable crisis of faith. With his fourth film, Robert Bresson began to implement his filmmaking philosophy by using non-professional actors and adopting a purer and more minimalist approach to storytelling.

Reviews

‘The full scope of the film’s brilliance hits you with the force of a knockout punch.’
★★★★★
Keith Uhlich, Time Out

‘Bresson’s cinematographic tour de force is still incredibly impressive and affecting.’
★★★★★
David Parkinson, Empire Magazine

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