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Diary of a Country Priest

Journal d'un curé de campagne

Directed by Robert Bresson
France, 1951


A new priest arrives in the rural French village of Ambricourt to attend to his first parish. The apathetic congregation rejects him immediately. Through his diary entries, the suffering young man relays a crisis of faith that threatens to drive him away from the village and from God.

Our take

With his often imitated yet singular style astoundingly built only from what he viewed as essential to and most expressive of cinema’s art, Robert Bresson made very few films, but very many masterpieces. First among equals is this sublime, deeply influential drama of spiritual devotion and turmoil.

Diary of a Country Priest Directed by Robert Bresson

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1951 | 3 wins including: International Award

Its every sound and image unobtrusively precise, Diary of a Country Priest is a movie of emphatic understatement: contemplative yet abrupt, eloquent and blunt, oblique but lucid… Few artists since the Renaissance have so convincingly wed the aesthetic to the spiritual. Diary’s final shot makes its allegory absolutely apparent even as the priest’s last words—“All is grace”—suggest cinema itself is the holy sacrament.
February 23, 2011
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This spare, intense 1950 film, adapted from Georges Bernanos’ novel, is Robert Bresson at his greatest and most difficult, building a profound sense of a higher order through its relentless detailing of the cold, small facts of everyday life. A masterpiece, beyond question.
January 01, 1980
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Watching this spiritual odyssey is almost a religious experience in itself, but one which has nothing to do with faith or dogma, everything to do with Bresson’s unique ability to exteriorise an interior world.
January 01, 1980
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