Diary of a Country Priest (Journal d'un curé de campagne) (1954)
Critic Consensus: Diary of a Country Priest brilliantly captures one man's spiritual and religious journey -- and the striking next phase in the evolution of a major filmmaking talent.
Diary of a Country Priest (Journal d'un curé de campagne) Photos
as Priest of Ambricourt
as The Priest of Torcy
as The Count
as Mlle. Louis
as Dr. Delbende
Critic Reviews for Diary of a Country Priest (Journal d'un curé de campagne)
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.
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.
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.
Audience Reviews for Diary of a Country Priest (Journal d'un curé de campagne)
I was extremely dissapointed. The biggest problem was the voice over. I mean I'd she motions for you to sit, you don't have to tell me I can see it. I can when you're having a meal, it felt like an audio book. While yes it was entertaining and fairly sad that voice over just ruined the whole thing for me
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.
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.
Diary of a Country Priest (Journal d'un curé de campagne) Quotes
|Priest of Ambricourt:||I know very well that the desire to pray is already prayer, and that God couldn't ask for more. But if wasn't a question of duty. At that moment I needed prayer like I needed air in my lungs or oxygen in my blood.|
|Priest of Ambricourt:||The simplest tasks are by no means the easiest.|