Intriguing rather than engaging. Amidst the theological musing, one wonders whether the point is that the imagined immanence of evil in the world becomes increasingly significant as the priest experiences psychological pressure; or a direct theological position that Satan also has direct influence in the world; or whether social background influences one's ease or otherwise with ambiguity. Top screaming too.
Wow, this is beautiful! Long dialogues and stunning scenes from the start to the end. If you seek for a film with breathtaking stills, this is it: very dramatic, very theatrical, very strong. Pialat puts together a plot to evoke emotions - every death scene is a mesmerizing performance. That last scene will stay with me for some time now.
Beautiful lighting throughout & I love Bonnaire and Depardieu in this, but the dialogue, for me, is oblique and too literature-heavy. The theatrical quality of the monological dialogues dampen the effect and/or the themes. Is it the French that does this? I'm not sure, but often I found myself wondering what was going on, what were the motives and interior forces behind the words. No one, of course, speaks like that.
Long scenes of dialogue suddenly interrupted by whiplash plot turns. Parts of it play like a giant "fuck you" to Robert Bresson, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. It's a provocative tale, where what people take away from their faiths can either be the darkness or the light. If they can even sort out the difference.
Faithless in faith! A very powerful film that really captures how easy it is to see the darkness rather than the light! A truly existential film that shows that whatever we claim to believe we are all in darkness and yet a bullet hole of light is shining through if we look hard enough. Depardieu was amazing and it's worth watching this film for his performance alone!