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Maurice Pialat and the New French Realism

Sous le soleil de Satan

Under the Sun of Satan

Gérard Depardieu joins Pialat again for an austere portrait of a priest seeking redemption for a murderess.

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France 1987
Dir Maurice Pialat
With Gérard Depardieu, Sandrine Bonnaire, Maurice Pialat
English subtitles
Certificate 15

Winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, Pialat’s screen version of a novel by the great French Catholic writer Georges Bernanos is far earthier in style than the austere adaptations made by Robert Bresson (Diary of a Country Priest, Mouchette). Depardieu plays a tormented rural priest who attempts to save the soul of a young murderess.


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