Léon Morin, Prêtre (Leon Morin, Priest) (The Forgiven Sinner) (1961)
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Jean-Paul Belmondo portrays Leon Morin, an altruistic priest who believes that any sin can be expunged by a good dose of faith. Emmanuelle Riva plays a wayward woman who long ago decided that the easiest way was the best. Belmondo makes it his mission to steer Riva onto the right path. Given the censorial climate of 1961, it isn't surprising that the picture was shorn of 22 minutes for its American release. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Sep 21, 1961 Wide
Jul 26, 2011
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A fascinating, unexpected movie that fans of French film in general, and Melville in particular, will not want to miss
Melville's eye for exacting detail here is expected. What is remarkable is the depth of feeling he exacts from the juxtaposition of these ordinary moments with their extraordinary context.
It's a giddy bit of blasphemy to see Jean-Paul Belmondo dressed in priest's garb.
The result is a movie that moves with the diamond-cut precision and carefully constricting tension of Melville's trademark gangland sagas, the precious booty here being nothing less than the human soul.
Tale [from Beatrix Beck's 1952 novel] of a young agnostic woman's conversion to Catholicism and her physical love for a priest during the Nazi occupation of France is handled with tact and talent.
It's slow, thoughtful, thought-provoking, and full of rich characters and interesting discussion with a strangely sexual subtext.
A peculiar combination of intellectual and instinctive, but it works beautifully.
It's quite the chamber drama, a war movie set in intimate spaces and played out in theological debates and guarded discussions
This extraordinary drama doesn't just play games with sexual disorientation and philosophical argument; it's also implicitly about life turned upside down.
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.
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