Diary of a Country Priest
Journal d’un curé de campagne
Bresson’s sombre but illuminating portrait of an ailing young curate haunted by a sense of failure.
Claude Laydu, Jean Riveyre, Nicole Ladmiral, Armand Guibert
France 1951. 115min
This portrait of an ailing young curate haunted by his perceived failures in saving human souls is something of a transitional work; the literary script (from a novel by Georges Bernanos) is played out by a partly non-professional cast, while a new, stark visual simplicity is introduced. The dark subject matter is transformed by Bresson’s distinctive narrative style – the illuminating interplay of voiceover and image, leading to an evocation of liberating grace.