Diary of a Country Priest (Journal d'un cure de campagne)

  • Dir: Robert Bresson

  • France, 1951, 110min, 35mm

  • Cast: Claude Laydu, Jean Riveyre, André Guibert

Perhaps Bresson’s most overtly Catholic film, yet hardly an evocation of mere catechism or even simple piety. Instead, Bresson’s protagonist, a priest alone and beset in his hostile rural surroundings, pulls us into his struggles with doubt, with prayer, with himself and his fellow men, with God – in short, with the very nature of faith. Based on the novel by Georges Bernanos, a magnificent essay that makes religion its resonant question rather than a simple answer.

1951 Venice Film Festival, International Award

1952 French Syndicate of Cinema Critics, Best Film

 

Further reading:
Diary of a Country Priest and the stylistics, From Robert Bresson by James Quandt (Toronto: Cinematheque Ontario, 1998)

Screening:

Note

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