Diary of a Country Priest

Directed by Robert Bresson. Starring Christian Patey, Caroline Lang. (NR, 110 min.)

REVIEWED By Marjorie Baumgarten, Wed., Sept. 27, 2000

Bresson’s adaptation of Georges Bernanos’ novel about the suffering of a young priest is generally regarded as one of the filmmaker’s best. it’s one of the most prosaically religious movies ever made. Bresson’s priest tries to share his spirituality with his parishioners, who respond with indifference. The austere simplicity of his life is out of sync with the lives of his congregrants. He reads aloud from his diary and continues with his holy work. Pauline Kael describes it as “a film of great purity and, at the end, of Bach-like intensity.”

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