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Leon Morin, Priest (Criterion) (1961)

Cast: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Emmanuelle Riva, Irène Tunc, more...
Director: Jean-Pierre Melville
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Studio: Criterion
Genre: Drama, Romance, WWII, Criterion Collection
Running Time: 117 min.
Languages: French
Subtitles: English

Jean-Paul Belmondo delivers a subtly sensual performance in the hot-under-the-collar Léon Morin, Priest (Léon Morin, prêtre), directed by Jean-Pierre Melville. The French superstar plays a devoted man of the cloth who is desired by all the women of a small village in Nazi-occupied France. He finds himself most drawn to a sexually frustrated widow - played by Emmanuelle Riva - a religious skeptic whose relationship with her confessor turns into a confrontation with both God and her own repressed desire. A triumph of mood, setting, and innuendo, Léon Morin, Priest is an irreverent pleasure from one of French cinema's towering virtuosos.

GreenCine Member Reviews

he can be my Confessor any day by funnytoo December 12, 2011 - 1:11 PM PST
yes, really!! His ugly visage is gorgeous enough to make me want to confess even to sins I have yet to commit. The film is a little light on the surrounding story line of WWII, but more than makes up for that with the beautiful women, stunningly photographed in black & white who really are the centerpiece of the film - is lusting after a priest really that bad? This 1961 film made me cringe a little at the end with the little girl & the Father innocently interacting, fast forward to todays milieu of child abuse revelations.

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