Diary of a Country Priest

A film by Robert Bresson
Starring Claude Laydu, Nicole Ladmiral and Jean Riveyre

A young priest taking over the parish at Ambricourt tries to fulfill his duties even as he fights a mysterious stomach ailment.

A new priest arrives in the French country village of Ambricourt to attend to his first parish. The apathetic and hostile rural congregation rejects him immediately. Through his diary entries, the suffering young man relays a crisis of faith that threatens to drive him away from the village and from God. With his fourth film, Robert Bresson began to implement his stylistic philosophy as a filmmaker, stripping away all inessential elements from his compositions, the dialogue and the music, exacting a purity of image and sound.

60th Anniversary Presentation

 

Technical Information

Production Year
1951
Running Time
115 mins

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