- Language: French
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000127IF2
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 197,964 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Criterion Coll: Diary of Country Priest [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Top Customer Reviews
This film recounts the spiritual journey of a new priest (played by Claude Laydu) that has to face unfriendly people in his first parish at the same time he suffers from ill health and doubts regarding his faith. The story is told mainly thanks to journal entries, something that allows the spectator to be privy to the priest's inner thoughts, and struggle with him when he faces different kinds of problems.
As you can probably imagine, it is not easy to watch this film. Nonetheless, I strongly recommend it, as Bresson manages to capture the anguish and fierceness of the battle played in this young man's heart, and show us that interior drama in excruciating detail.
For many of faith this movie might be too frustrating, even with a sort of redemptive end. For many like me, the movie might not be all that involving if it weren't for Robert Bresson's immense talent as a moviemaker. Even so, the movie is filled with Bresson's words that seem to carry great freight but may sound better than they mean, whatever it is they mean. "Our hidden sins poison the air that others breathe." "The simplest tasks are by no means the easiest." "He [God] is not the master of love. He is love itself. If you would love, don't place yourself beyond love's reach."
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Robert Bresson’s 1951 film, based on the novel of the same name by Georges Bernanos, is another stark portrayal of this most original of film-makers’ take on humanity and... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Keith M
A very well-made film that tells its story in an economical, absorbing, and dramatic way. But, be warned, - all values in the film are religious values not humanistic values. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Geoffrey Fairhall
A Classic of 'pared down' cinema; says a lot about France & little about the sins of the Catholic Church.Published on 1 Jun. 2015 by Mrs Claire Howard
The book is a way that priest should emulate, humilty is its strongest link so much so that pope Benedict was uplifted by its story of aa french priest and his lifePublished on 28 Mar. 2015 by Peter Dungey
it is hard going but at the same time has to be watched
i did not realise that we knew he had stomach cancer but that he did not
Excellent… has a remake of this ever been undertaken?Published on 13 Sept. 2014 by Rev. David Musgrave
DIARY OF A COUNTRY PRIEST, (1951). This black and white, classic 115 minute French film was adapted by acclaimed French director Robert Bresson, (LES DAMES DU BOIS DE... Read morePublished on 13 Mar. 2014 by Stephanie De Pue
I had high hopes for this film, having read rave reviews. But I confess that I found it to be tripe dressed as art. What was the point of the whole thing? Read morePublished on 28 Sept. 2011 by David Heald