Léon Morin, Prêtre (Leon Morin, Priest) (The Forgiven Sinner) Reviews

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July 2, 2019
...a richly rewarding film that ultimately reveals its connections to other works in Melville's opus.
July 11, 2017
It's Riva's emotional vitality that powers the story, suffuses it with an oscillating vibrancy, and inspires Melville's most inventive, fluid moviemaking.
May 11, 2017
Jean-Pierre Melville's quietly affecting film-and Emmanuelle Riva's performance-deserve rediscovery.
May 8, 2017
Melville films the religious dialectics with remarkable but dispassionate skill, and he uses the story of Barny and Morin to skew the postwar political context ...
September 8, 2014
The film does suffer from several long, dry patches as it amounts to a whole lot of philosophical and spiritual tte--tte.
December 7, 2011
November 17, 2011
[Jean-Paul Belmondo is] a broken-nosed devil in disguise, and in Jean-Pierre Melville's masterpiece, religious dogma is his weapon of choice.
September 9, 2011
It's slow, thoughtful, thought-provoking, and full of rich characters and interesting discussion with a strangely sexual subtext.
August 8, 2011
a thoughtful, moving evocation of spiritual life
August 5, 2011
A peculiar combination of intellectual and instinctive, but it works beautifully.
August 3, 2011
It's quite the chamber drama, a war movie set in intimate spaces and played out in theological debates and guarded discussions
February 14, 2010
Religion to Melville is purified cinematic expression and gesture
December 5, 2009
A monotonous production.
August 14, 2009
A fascinating, unexpected movie that fans of French film in general, and Melville in particular, will not want to miss
April 17, 2009
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.
April 15, 2009
This extraordinary drama doesn't just play games with sexual disorientation and philosophical argument; it's also implicitly about life turned upside down.
April 14, 2009
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.
March 26, 2009
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.
June 24, 2006
Miraculous cinema, even for heretics.
June 29, 2005
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