Journal d'un curé de campagne (Diary of a Country Priest)
Journal d'un curé de campagne (Diary of a Country Priest) (1951)

An austere look at the experiences of a young priest in a small French parish, Robert Bresson's masterly Le Journal d'un curé de campagne (Diary of a Country Priest) presents a powerful, complex exploration of faith underneath a… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 3, 2004
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Anthony Lane
New Yorker

The chance to see Robert Bresson's Diary of a Country Priest... should not be passed up; it is an enterprise of great pith and moment in the history of cinema.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

A film that words fail.

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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

Bresson's cinematographic tour de force is still incredibly impressive and affecting.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

A film like Diary of a Country Priest gathers its strength as it continues. There's always the sense that Bresson knows exactly where he's going and the simplest way to get there.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

The word 'sublime' has often been used to describe this Robert Bresson masterpiece, a slow-paced film of great purity that portrays the pain and occasional joy of the religious life.

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Jamie Graham
Total Film

This sublime picture is directed by Robert Bresson, who painstakingly crafts his signature visuals -- stark, forceful and rigorous in their attention to detail -- to bring a striking luminosity to the bleak events.

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Doug Cummings
L.A. Weekly

Bresson's third feature and in many ways his first major work.

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Keith Uhlich
Time Out

The full scope of the film's brilliance hits you with the force of a knockout punch.

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out Chicago

Diary is less a movie about the necessity of faith than what it means to be cut down in the midst of youthful idealism and intransigence, before life offers wisdom.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Ken Stachnik
I was extremely underwhelmed. SOOOO much unnecessary voice over, it really felt like Bresson didn't know how to make a film visually so he just patched… More
Daniel Dolgin
I was extremely dissapointed. The biggest problem was the voice over. I mean I'd she motions for you to sit, you don't have to tell me I can see it. I… More
Wahida K
Plot: Journal d'un cure de Campagne is about a young priest who, whilst suffering from an illness, is assigned to a new parish in a French country village.… More
Joshua Hale
Country Priest from 1950 directed by Robert Bresson is a very faithful adaptation of the novel of the same name by Georges Bernanos. It centers around a young… More
Eric Broome
I know "Diary of a Country Priest" is a universally renowned classic but, sorry, I really did not enjoy this much. I can't relate to wallowing in… More