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Under the Sun of Satan (Sous le soleil de Satan) (Under Satan's Sun) (1987)

Under the Sun of Satan (Sous le soleil de Satan) (Under Satan's Sun) (1987)

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A slow, complex and involving tale of a French priest and his moral trials and tribulations, Under the Sun of Satan is adapted from the Georges Bernanos novel of the same name. Father Donissan (Gerard Depardieu) struggles to save the soul of the 16-year-old pregnant woman Mouchette (Sandrine Bonnaire) in this allegorical drama. She is the mistress of a married politician, but she carries the child of a poor nobleman. Mouchette shoots and kills the nobleman when he refuses to run away with her, and the emotionally tortured Donissan flagellates himself with a chain and despises his superior Menou-Serais (Maurice Pialot). This dramatic struggle of good versus evil took the Golden Palm Award for Best Film at the 1987 Cannes Festival. The selection was not without controversy, as the verbal protests of the audience led to an obscene gesture from the miffed director.

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Cast

Maurice Pialat
as Menou-Segrais
Alain Artur
as Cadignan
Yan Dedet
as Gallet
Yann Dedet
as Gallet
Brigitte Legendre
as Mouchette's mother
Yolain de Gelas
as Mary's child
Philippe Pallut
as Quarryman
Marcel Anselin
as Mgr. Gerbier
Corinne Bourdon
as Mother of Child
Bernard de Gouy
as Mons de Wamin
Yolene de Gouy
as Mme. de Wamin
Thierry Artur
as A priest
Raymonde Jacquot
as Parishioner
Frédéric Auburtin
as Young priest
Edith Colnel
as Mme. Lambelin
Fabienne Deleforge
as Mary's child
Anne Duquennoy
as Mary's child
Karine Lambert
as Mary's child
Carole Loth
as Mary's child
Nathalie Lourtil
as Mary's child
Sabrina Vervacke
as Mary's child
Jerome Dhoye
as Pilgrim
Franck Dhoye
as Pilgrim
David Dhoye
as Pilgrim
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Critic Reviews for Under the Sun of Satan (Sous le soleil de Satan) (Under Satan's Sun)

All Critics (4)

...mysterious and powerful. Pialat, an atheist, has made a deeply spiritual film in the canon of Dreyer and Bresson, Bruno Dumont's "Hors Satan" surely influenced by it.

June 14, 2016 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Reeling Reviews

It works as an intense meditation on faith, despair and evil.

October 24, 2015 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Examines the ways that the faith and morals of a priest are tested.

August 27, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Under the Sun of Satan (Sous le soleil de Satan) (Under Satan's Sun)

Under the Satan' sun was a movie, that whatever I did I couldn't relate to this movie. There was too much dialogue which was so intense that I could not understand anything about the characters.Should you be religious to understand this movie?To believe in God's miracles to revive the boy,cause the priest asked for it? And if you don't believe, watching this was more torture?? Did it make any sense?I watched till the end, cause it was only one and a half hour long and for curiosity.The movie was well played and act,but not my type of movie at all.

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