Journal d'un curé de campagne (Diary of a Country Priest) (1951)

Journal d'un curé de campagne (Diary of a Country Priest)

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An austere look at the experiences of a young priest in a small French parish, Robert Bresson's masterly Le Journal d'un curé de campagne (Diary of a Country Priest) presents a powerful, complex exploration of faith underneath a deceptively simple exterior. Drawn from a novel by Georges Bernanos, the film centers on the priest of Ambricourt (Claude Laydu), a withdrawn, devout young man whose social awkwardness leaves him isolated from the community he is meant to serve. Further problems derive … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Georges Bernanos, Robert Bresson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 3, 2004
Runtime:
Rialto Pictures - Official Site

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Cast


as Priest of Ambricourt

as The Priest of Torcy

as The Count

as Mlle. Louis

as Mitonnet

as Olivier

as Seraphita

as Housekeeper

as Dr. Delbende
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Critic Reviews for Journal d'un curé de campagne (Diary of a Country Priest)

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (11)

The chance to see Robert Bresson's Diary of a Country Priest... should not be passed up; it is an enterprise of great pith and moment in the history of cinema.

Full Review… | March 5, 2013
New Yorker
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A film like Diary of a Country Priest gathers its strength as it continues. There's always the sense that Bresson knows exactly where he's going and the simplest way to get there.

Full Review… | March 5, 2013
Chicago Sun-Times
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Bresson's third feature and in many ways his first major work.

Full Review… | May 5, 2011
L.A. Weekly
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A film that words fail.

Full Review… | April 21, 2011
Los Angeles Times
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The word 'sublime' has often been used to describe this Robert Bresson masterpiece, a slow-paced film of great purity that portrays the pain and occasional joy of the religious life.

Full Review… | February 26, 2011
Wall Street Journal
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The full scope of the film's brilliance hits you with the force of a knockout punch.

Full Review… | February 23, 2011
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Journal d'un curé de campagne (Diary of a Country Priest)

I was extremely underwhelmed. SOOOO much unnecessary voice over, it really felt like Bresson didn't know how to make a film visually so he just patched things up with talking. Memo to you Robert it's a VISUAL medium.

Check out Winter Light instead, it's more or less the same movie except made by a true master of the art form.

kenstachnik
Ken Stachnik

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Plot:
Journal d'un cure de Campagne is about a young priest who, whilst suffering from an illness, is assigned to a new parish in a French country village. The story is told by the priests recounting of his experiences in his diary.

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Wahida K

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½

I know "Diary of a Country Priest" is a universally renowned classic but, sorry, I really did not enjoy this much. I can't relate to wallowing in this sort of miserable piety, and the lead actor has the same dazed, wounded expression on his face throughout the entire film. I have a pet peeve about overuse of narration which this movie certainly violated, and the shapeless, orchestral smears of the score seem quite maudlin and old-fashioned today. I can easily imagine someone else raving about how delicate and lovely Bresson's directing touch is, but I was counting the minutes until the finish. If I crave an old film about a troubled priest, I'll reach for "Nazarin" or "Winter Light" instead.

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

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