Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB
Original title: Journal D’Un Cure De Campagne
France, 1951. Union Générale Cinématographique. Screenplay by Robert Bresson, based on the novel by Georges Bernanos. Cinematography by Leonce-Henri Burel. Music by Jean-Jacques Grunenwald. Production Design by Pierre Charbonnier. Film Editing by Paulette Robert.
Quiet, powerful work about a priest who arrives at a little village in France to begin working with his new parish. He sets out to heal souls but finds himself beset on all sides, both by the complicated relationships that the villagers have with relationships, as well as the doubts that grow within himself in dealing with them. Fantastic, subtle cinema, though I suspect it will mean a lot more to Bresson’s diehard fans than it does for anyone else.
The Criterion Collection: #222
Venice Film Festival: In Competition