Léon Morin, Prêtre (Leon Morin, Priest) (The Forgiven Sinner)
Léon Morin, Prêtre (Leon Morin, Priest) (The Forgiven Sinner) (1961)

Jean-Paul Belmondo portrays Leon Morin, an altruistic priest who believes that any sin can be expunged by a good dose of faith. Emmanuelle Riva plays a wayward woman who long ago decided that the easiest way was the best. Belmondo makes it… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 26, 2011
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

A fascinating, unexpected movie that fans of French film in general, and Melville in particular, will not want to miss

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Scott Foundas
Village Voice

The result is a movie that moves with the diamond-cut precision and carefully constricting tension of Melville's trademark gangland sagas, the precious booty here being nothing less than the human soul.

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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar

The film does suffer from several long, dry patches as it amounts to a whole lot of philosophical and spiritual tête-à-tête.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

Melville's eye for exacting detail here is expected. What is remarkable is the depth of feeling he exacts from the juxtaposition of these ordinary moments with their extraordinary context.

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Variety Staff
Variety

Tale [from Beatrix Beck's 1952 novel] of a young agnostic woman's conversion to Catholicism and her physical love for a priest during the Nazi occupation of France is handled with tact and talent.

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Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com

It's slow, thoughtful, thought-provoking, and full of rich characters and interesting discussion with a strangely sexual subtext.

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Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York

It's a giddy bit of blasphemy to see Jean-Paul Belmondo dressed in priest's garb.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Miraculous cinema, even for heretics.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

a thoughtful, moving evocation of spiritual life

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "Leon Morin, Priest," Barny(Emmanuelle Riva) has a crush on Sabine(Nicole Mirel), the office manager at the correspondence… More
Chris Browning
Another wonderfully directed and filmed piece from Melville featuring top-rate performances from Belmondo and Riva. A wonderfully eerie and depraved setting… More
Emily B.
"Léon Morin, Prêtre" stands out in Jean Pierre Melville's body of work. Better known for his American style noir films such as "Bob le… More