Filming the winter landscapes of the plains and villages of Ain, where the sanctified priest the Curé of Ars lived, Jacques Demy tried to understand the fighter for the faith and his daily torments of mysticism.
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Demy tells an excellent story in the early short looking back on the life of a priest at Ars. The story of a man of god so severe that his own parish rises up against him but his own belief is strong enough to overcome. A work well worth visiting.
The stark visuals of Bergman, the sensibilities of Bresson, and a wonderful dip into something like Von Trier before doubling back for a cleaner and less interesting end than I was hoping for. At 18 minutes, a beautiful, if ultimately rather straightforward, watch. 3.5
Very unexpected film from Demy. Might almost have been made by Bresson! It's both startling and amusing that Demy, the later auteur of Lola, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and The Young Girls of Rochefort, made a movie celebrating the life of a priest who condemned cabarets and dance parties as mortal sin!
Une voix d'agneau, douce et naïve, raconte le périple de la foi chrétienne de Jean-Marie Baptiste Vianney, à Ars. Cette voix et l'oeil de la caméra font vivre le personnage dans l'enfermement démentiel de sa foi : des plans fixes; sur son logement, sur les objets de sa pénitence, sur ses trajets.. Lui contre le village, austère, sinistre et convaincu. Dans le ton de "journal d'un curé de campagne" de R. Bresson.!!