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Léon Morin, Priest

Léon Morin, prêtre

Dirigida por Jean-Pierre Melville
Francia, 1961


La viuda Barny vive en la Francia ocupada por los nazis, donde cuida a su hija en un pequeño pueblo. A llegar los alemanes, decide bautizarla y es entonces cuando conoce al sacerdote Léon Morin. Tras pasar un tiempo con él y convertirse al catolicismo, comienza a sentir un deseo no correspondido…

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Léon Morin, Priest Dirigida por Jean-Pierre Melville


Venice Film Festival

1961 | Ganador: Award of the City of Venice

BAFTA Awards

1963 | Nominado: Best Foreign Actor

The director’s attention to small, revealing behavior—which he typically used to generate suspense—creates a potent eroticism here . . . Yet Léon Morin is about more than unspoken desire—its ultimate concern is the unseen force of religious faith, in which the characters find solace during the Nazi occupation. Conceivably the most probing film about Catholicism ever made by a Jewish director, Léon Morin deepens the theme of tacit devotion that runs through all of Melville’s filmography.
May 31, 2017
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The new restoration includes two additional sequences, apparently cut after the movie’s premiere at the Venice Film Festival. In the first, Barny is threatened by a collaborationist colleague who suspects her of sheltering a Jewish family; in the second, she suffers a crisis of conscience upon learning that a young girl with whom she is acquainted has been marked for death by the Resistance for fraternizing with the Germans… Both enrich what is a gripping movie, and also a great one.
May 11, 2017
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Riva provides the film with a startling cumulative force. In this 1961 production, two years after she supplied the emotional ballast for Alain Resnais’s Hiroshima, Mon Amour, Riva delivers a great unpretentious performance in a part that could have turned affected or bathetic. With a range of modes from mischievous farce to erotic tragedy, she makes the heroine’s confusion of spiritual and sexual awakening accessible and stirring.
May 11, 2017
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