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941 Ratings

Under the Sun of Satan

Sous le soleil de Satan

Directed by Maurice Pialat
France, 1987


Despite the encouragement of Dean Menou-Segrais, Fr. Donissan doubts his vocation. When the young Mouchette, who has killed her lover, turns to him, he condemns her and drives her to suicide. One evening, walking down a country road, he passes a horse dealer in whom he recognizes Satan.

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Under the Sun of Satan Directed by Maurice Pialat
You don’t remember Satan as much for what happens in it as for the visual and thematic intensity with which it joins the holy, the horrific, and the utterly mundane, and for how palpably it externalizes Donissan’s anguish, without the actor or the movie overdoing it.
September 28, 2018
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Like its zealous protagonist, Maurice Pialat’s Under the Sun of Satan is at once austere and jittery with nerves… [It’s now] easier than ever to appreciate as one of its director’s, and star’s, best films.
June 17, 2016
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Highlights of this intense, challenging film including a murder, an encounter with Satan, and a volatile performance by Pialat’s extraordinary discovery, Sandrine Bonnaire.
February 12, 2016
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