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||IMDB Rating: 8.0/10 from APPROVED votes
||Release: 05 Apr 1954 /
||Director: Robert Bresson,
||Synopsis: A young priest taking over the parish at Ambricourt tries to fulfill his duties even as he fights a mysterious stomach ailment.
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Journal d'un cure de Campagne is about a young priest who, whilst
suffering from an illness, is assigned to a new parish in a French
country village. The story is told by the priests recounting of his
experiences in his diary. This itself is a powerful narrative device,
as we not only understand the experiences of the protagonist, but also
how he reflects upon them with hindsight, relating his observations to
faith and human nature. As he carries out his duties in his new parish
though, he is treated with animosity and hatred by many of the
villiagers, because they see him as an unwanted intrusion into their
lives. As he becomes estranged, and to an extend outcast by the
townspeople, he increasingly relies on his faith for strength and
comfort, however even this begins to fade as he witnesses the
townspeople purvey sinful and malicous behaviour, damaging his faith in
The films of Robert Bresson, although wonderful, can at times seem
austere almost to the point of being drained of any emotion. Before
passing judgement though, it is important to understand his aims and
understanding of film making. Bresson believed that the theatrical
performing of actors had no place in cinema, and so typically cast
non-actors for his films. The reason for his desire to suppress
performing, was to avoid the melodramatic histrionics common with
conventional acting as he believed it shortchanges the complexities of
human emotion that in real life are much more subtle and not always on
the surface. A large part of who we are he believed, is determined by
experience, circumstance and environment. These elements affect the way
we 'perform' and obscure who we are at the core essence of our being.
Bresson was much more concerned with this person, whom we are when all
our affectations are removed and we are laid bare. In Diary of a
Country Priest, Bresson had Claude Laydu repeat scenes many times in
order so that he would rid himself of all natural desire to perform.
This suppressed emotion re-introduces the intricately nuanced
expression, replacing the scenes with a delicate and contemplative
lilt. Like Ozu, another master of character expression and portrayal,
Bresson proves that by adopting this method in conjunction with his
wonderful compositions, it forces the viewer to replace the lack of
gratuitous emotion with their own feelings, resulting in moments of
genuine pathos and emotion.
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