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

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 ...
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.
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 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.
January 1, 2000
Not an unqualified success, the film remains strong for its performances, its inventive editing and framing, and its evocative rendering of the French occupation.