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12 Ratings

A Violent Desire for Joy

Un violent désir de bonheur

Directed by Clément Schneider
France, 2018


1792. Far from the epicentre of the French Revolution, the monastery of young monk Gabriel is requisitioned by the revolutionary troops to serve as barracks. The new ideas Gabriel discovers through the forced cohabitation between monks and soldiers don’t leave him indifferent.

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A Violent Desire for Joy Directed by Clément Schneider

Awards & Festivals



Seville European Film Festival

2018 | Winner: Best Film of the Resistances Official Competition

Critics reviews

There is something vivifying and potent in the journey on which it takes its central character, and when some Patti Smith kicks in towards the end of the film there is a genuine sense of rebellion.
May 24, 2018
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