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Diary of a Country Priest Movie Review Summary

Actors: Claude Laydu, André Guibert, Jean Riveyre

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Based on Georges Bernanos novel, DIARY OF A COUNTRY PRIEST (Le Journal d'un Curé de Campagne) is a movie written by Robert Bresson in 1951. It earned the 1951 Prix Louis Delluc and three awards at the 1951 Venise Film Festival.
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Claude Laydu is a young priest who's been sent, for his first assignment, to the small town of Ambricourt. Laydu is not well, feeding himself only with bread and red wine on account of a weak stomach. One follows his everyday work with people who are wary of his youth and his sensibility. Laydu will convert the local countess who's had a falling out with God for years after her young son's death. But she dies on the same night and Laydu must face her husband and his hierarchy. Furthermore, the parishioners, unaware of his bad health, start to talk about his drinking habit.

Laydu also undergoes also a terrible crisis of belief, asking himself if he's still a believer and if he's meant to be a priest. Feeling weaker and weaker, he sees a doctor who tells him he's suffering from a terminal disease and will soon die.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's Inner struggle or disability    -   Yes Struggle with    -   religious issues Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   religious figure

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   religious figure Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   French Unusual characteristics:    -   Physically sick

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   France Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids Misc setting    -   castle

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Any profanity?    -   None Is this movie based on a    -   book

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