Léon Morin, priest

Léon Morin, priest

DVD - 2011 | French
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Léon Morin is a devoted man of the cloth who is also the crush object of all the women of a small village in Nazi-occupied France. He finds himself most drawn to a sexually frustrated widow, a borderline heretic whose relationship with her confessor is a confrontation with both God and her own repressed desire.
Publisher: [United States] : Criterion Collection, 2011
ISBN: 9786314286392
Branch Call Number: DVD Leon
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (117 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet
Alternative Title: Léon Morin, prêtre


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Nov 11, 2013

Something of a departure for French director Jean-Pierre Melville, who is better known for his stylish, icy, existential crime films. Set in an occupied village during World War II, it tells the story of the fraught relationship between a handsome, aloof priest (Jean-Paul Belmondo) and a skeptical, questioning widow (Emmanuele Riva) who starts to fall for him. It's a little slow and short on plot, but Melville's direction is meticulous and the performances are great, particularly Riva's, which is wonderfully subtle and expressive. Decades later, she would be nominated for an Oscar for "Amour." Forms a sort of unofficial WWII trilogy with "The Silence of the Sea" and "Army of Shadows."


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