Diary of a Country Priest

Rated NR 120 minutes 1951

An inexperienced, sickly priest (Claude Laydu) shows up in the rural French community of Ambricourt, where he joins the community's clergy. But the locals don't take kindly to the priest, and his ascetic ways and unsociable demeanor make him an outcast. During Bible studies at the nearby girls school, he is continually mocked by his students. Then his attempt to intervene in a family feud backfires into a scandal. His failures, compounded with his declining health, begin to erode his faith.

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Director: Robert Bresson

Writer: Robert Bresson

Producer: Leon Carré and Robert Sussfeld

Cast: Claude Laydu, Jean Riveyre, Nicole Ladmiral, Nicole Maurey, Marie-Monique Arkell, Martine Lemaire, Antoine Balpetre, Andre Guibert, Jean Danet and Jeanne Étiévant

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