Cover image for Journal d'un curé de campagne Diary of a country priest
Journal d'un curé de campagne Diary of a country priest
Carré, Léon.
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
[United States] : Criterion Collection : available from Image Entertainment, [2004]

Physical Description:
1 videodisc (approximately 115 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
A new priest arrives in the French country village of Ambricourt to attend to his first parish. The rural congregation rejects him immediately. Through his country diary entries, the suffering young man relays a crisis of faith that threatens to drive him away from the village and God.
General Note:
Originally released as a motion picture in 1950.

Based on the novel by Georges Bernanos.

Special features: audio commentary by film historian Peter Cowie; 11 minutes of deleted scenes; new and improved English subtitle translation; new essay by film critic Frédéric Bonnaud; new high-definition digital transfer, with restored image and sound.

For specific features see interactive menu.
Reading Level:
MPAA rating: Not rated.
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DVD 7402 Adult DVD Foreign Language

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An austere look at the experiences of a young priest in a small French parish, Robert Bresson's masterly Le Journal d'un curé de campagne (Diary of a Country Priest) presents a powerful, complex exploration of faith underneath a deceptively simple exterior. Drawn from a novel by Georges Bernanos, the film centers on the priest of Ambricourt (Claude Laydu), a withdrawn, devout young man whose social awkwardness leaves him isolated from the community he is meant to serve. Further problems derive from the priest's ill health, which limits him to a diet of bread and wine and hinders his ability to perform his duties. Growing sicker and increasingly uncertain about his purpose in life, the priest undergoes a crisis of faith that threatens to drive him away from his village and from God. Bresson presents his spiritual tale in a minimalist, unadorned style, relying on a rigorous series of stripped-down shots and utilizing non-actors in many of the supporting roles. The approach may initially seem distancing or ponderous to a contemporary audience, but the cumulative impact of the brilliant visuals and Laydu's powerful, restrained performance is unquestionable. Almost universally acclaimed, this searching drama is generally considered one of Bresson's finest works and a crucial classic of world cinema. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi