Léon Morin, prêtre

Léon Morin, prêtre

Léon Morin, priest

DVD - 2011 | French
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In Nazi-occupied France, a devoted priest is desired by all the women of his village, but finds himself most drawn to a religious skeptic who turns their relationship into a confrontation with both God and her own repressed desire.
Publisher: [Irvington, NY] : The Criterion Collection, c2011
Edition: DVD special ed
ISBN: 9781604654561
Branch Call Number: FRE 791.4372 L5791m
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (117 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in


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Jul 07, 2015

This is a 1961 film directed by Jean-Pierre Melville, based on the 1952 Prix Goncourt-winning novel "The Passionate Heart (French: Léon Morin, prêtre)" by Béatrix Beck.
In a town in the French Alps during the Occupation, Barny is a young, wayward, sexually frustrated widow, living with her little girl.
She is also a communist militant who long ago decided that the easiest way was the best.
One day she enters a church, randomly chooses a priest to confess to and, while in confessional, attempts to provoke him by criticizing Catholicism.
Instead of being affronted, the priest engages her in an intellectual discussion regarding religion.
He invites Barny to continue the conversation outside of confessional.
She begins regularly seeing him and is impressed by his moral strength, while he makes it his mission to steer her onto the right path.
It is like a textbook story, which I cannot believe since there were so many bad and corrupt priests in France. :-)

Glencoe_Mike Oct 08, 2011

I really enjoyed this atypical French new wave flick, which ponders matters of religion and lust in WWII France.

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