Diary of a Country Priest (1951) Movie Reviews
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The film was very slow and very sad but beautiful in the same time. It made me think about the human existence and I like movies that make me do that. I have to admit that the film is not for everyone and a lot of people will probably say it is too slow and sad, but if you are like me and you like movies that make you contemplate, you will love this film. Robert Bresson's movies are very different and I have never seen anything like it, he has a very different way of looking at things and people. I guess his view is very pessimistic but in my opinion it is the closest to the truth, at least my truth. I loved this film and I agree with Robert Bresson’s view on life.
I was majorly confused after this film. I wish the director made some things more clear, because I was watching the film very closely and i still could not understand why the priest was so miserable(besides having cancer) and why the children tormented him. The film was a complete mystery to me and I usually like that but this time i wanted more answers. The film is very close up and you can see every pore on the priest’s face and every agonising move of his sick body. The film is very beautiful visually and it was a pleasure for the eyes. Claude Laydu was superb as a young and extremely sad priest, it was almost too painful to watch him. Overall, the film was a little bit too confusing for me and I wish the director provided more answers.