Léon Morin, Priest12A

Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville | France | 1961 | 1h 55m | French w/ English subtitles | Starring Jean-Paul Belmondo, Emmanuelle Riva, Irène Tunc

In Nazi-occupied France, a devoted priest finds himself drawn to a young, sexually frustrated widow whose relationship with God has entirely diminished. Jean-Paul Belmondo delivers an astutely sensual performance as the hot-under-the-collar man of the cloth in Jean-Pierre Melville’s triumph of atmosphere and innuendo.

Reviews

‘Miraculous cinema, even for heretics.’
Geoff Andrew, Time Out

‘A poetic, spiritual film exploring with elegance and simplicity the great human dilemmas in the context of one of 20th Century’s France’s greatest challenges — the Occupation.’
Film4

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