Les Anges du Péché


Les Anges du Péché (1943)



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French filmmaker Robert Bresson completed his first feature, Les Anges du Peches, in 1943. Six years later, the film made its U.S. debut as Angel of the Streets. Attaining financing for his film by collaborating with famed playwright Jean Giraudoux, Bresson offers a knowing portrait of novitiate nun Anne-Marie, played by Renee Faure. Before she can truly give her life over to God, the girl must conquer her own sense of pride. This is accomplished in part when Anne-Marie comes to the aid of a jailed felon, played by Jany Holt. Establishing a precedent that he'd follow in his later films, Bresson utilizes nonprofessionals in the leading roles. Whenever the acting skills of the amateurs aren't up to the demands of the story, the director "acts" with his camera, conveying his character's emotions via carefully chosen camera angles and adroit editing. The only "name" player in the film is Sylvie, later the star of That Shameless Old Lady (1962). In some markets, Angel of the Streets was distributed as Angel of Sin.


Mila Parely
as Madeleine
as The Prioress
Yolande Laffon
as Madame Lamaury
Paula Dehelly
as Mother Dominique
Jany Holt
as Therese
Renée Faure
as Anne-Marie
Louis Seigner
as Prison Warden
Marie-Hélène Dasté
as Mother St. John
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Critic Reviews for Les Anges du Péché

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

One of the most astonishing film debuts ever, made while France was still under Nazi occupation.

Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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the heaviness of the dialogue is balanced by Jany Holt's superbly understated performance as the prisoner -- a performance that looks forward to the invisible acting style of Bresson's mature work.

Mar 4, 2006 | Full Review…

The two-way street between convent and prison, the ideal place for Robert Bresson to found his themes and images

Jan 13, 2012 | Full Review…

Concerns a nun, Faure, who becomes obsessed with saving the soul of a woman convict.

Aug 28, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Robert Bresson's first feature, Les Anges du péché is a fascinating film, both intrinsically and in its relation to the rest of Bresson's oeuvre.

Mar 4, 2006 | Full Review…

Robert Bresson's first full-length feature is an auspicious minimalist one.

Feb 28, 2006 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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