Diary of a Country Priest

Synopsis: In Ambricourt, an idealistic young Priest (Claude Laydu) arrives to be the local parish priest. He attempts to live a Christ-like life, but his actions are misunderstood. The community of the small town does not accept him, and although having a serious disease in the stomach, the inexperienced and frail priest tries to help the dwellers, and has a situation with the wealthy family of the location.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Robert Bresson
Production: Rialto Pictures
  Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 7 wins & 1 nomination.
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95 min

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I don't think I'm doing anything wrong

in writing down daily,

with absolute frankness,

the simplest

and most insignificant secrets

of a life actually lacking

any trace of mystery.

My parish. My first parish.

Must I believe

that it's only for duty's sake

that I refuse to acknowledge

my poor health?

My bicycle is very useful,

but I can't ride uphill on an empty

stomach without feeling faint.

I deliberately cut out

meat and vegetables,

eating only small quantities of

wine-soaked bread whenever I feel dizzy.

I add a lot of sugar to the wine.

I let my bread harden

for several days.

Thanks to this diet,

my head is clear,

and I feel much stronger.

Old Fabregars came

to the sacristy this morning.

Aside from the fee for my time,

God knows, Mr. Fabregars,

I'd like you to have use

of the draperies for free.

I should think so.

A lot of old moth-eaten rags

held together by patches.

What could they have cost?

- Candles are very expensive.

You do have a soft time of it.

There's no excuse

for exploiting the poor.

You like your money easy, Father.

We charge everyone the same.

As I see it, it's simple:

I ask one thing. It's only just.

Let my poor old wife

be buried decently.

The usual service.

And for that I'll not pay

a penny more, you hear?

I was still distraught

when I went to see the priest of Torcy.

God, I wish I had

his health and mental balance.!

You should have

shown him the door.

Yes, shown him the door.

Besides, I know Fabregars.

The old guy has plenty.

You young priests!

What have you young men

got in your veins these days?

In my time

they made men of the church,

leaders of parishes, real masters!

Seminaries these days

send us choirboys,

young ragamuffins who think

they're working harder than anyone

because they never manage

to finish anything.

At the first sign of difficulty,

they say the priesthood isn't what

they expected and drop everything.

I will not drop everything,

I assure you.

Besides exterminating the devil,

your other dream is to be loved

for who you are.

A true priest is never loved.

The church doesn't care a whit

whether you're loved, my son.

Be respected, obeyed.

Keep order all day long,

knowing full well disorder

will win out tomorrow,

because in this sorry world,

the night undoes the work of the day.

''Keep order all day long. ''

The priest of Torcy's

words came back to me

as I peeled potatoes for my soup.

The right-hand man

came up from behind.

Good news, Father.

I'm getting electric light?

The council agreed to your request.

It will install electricity for you

at its own expense.

There remain

just the usual formalities.

- Will it take long?

- Two or three months. Four at the most.

I'd have loved to tell him

a thing or two about his cabaret.

He puts on a dance every Sunday

and calls it ''The Families'Ball, ''

where boys have fun

getting young girls drunk.

Good day, Father.

I didn't dare.

The simplest tasks

are by no means the easiest.

An awful night.

As soon as I closed my eyes,

sadness overwhelmed me.

I'd have done anything this morning

for a word of compassion or kindness.

I was expecting a lot

from catechism class,

the children preparing

for holy communion.

The girls had given me hope,

especially Sraphita Dumouchel.

Communion is

to re - to receive -

How about you?

It's to receive -

Receive Jesus

in the sacrament of the Eucharist.

And how did He establish

the Eucharist?

To establish the Eucharist,

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Georges Bernanos

Louis Émile Clément Georges Bernanos (French: [ʒɔʁʒ bɛʁnanɔs]; 20 February 1888 – 5 July 1948) was a French author, and a soldier in World War I. A Roman Catholic with monarchist leanings, he was critical of bourgeois thought and was opposed to what he identified as defeatism. He believed this had led to France's defeat and eventual occupation by Germany in 1940 during World War II. Most of his novels have been translated into English and frequently published in both Great Britain and the United States. more…

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