Gerard Depardieu is the self-abasing curate tortured by questions about his role in God's plan — before an encounter with a material Satan touches off a powerful revelation. At the crux of his vision is Sandrine Bonnaire, the madly profligate sylph whose fate ruptures in a blast of gunpowder and the slash of a razor. As events unfurl, Maurice Pialat himself provides witness as the seasoned cleric who pronounces the words: "God wears us down"
Good but dull
- Under the Satan's Sun review by JD
The plot is very philosophical and complex but the dialogues are very abstract. Maybe it is easier to follow them for a French speaking audience. Maybe it is not a good translation but the long, loose structured and esoteric dialogues are just too difficult. The plot is not dramatic and relies on suspense. I could not watch it to the end. For those who like religious symbolism and tortured souls it may appeal, for those who just think Gerard is a good actor get another.
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Unconvincing film which is a sad waste of Depardieu's formidable talents.
- Under the Satan's Sun review by CD
I had high expectations of this, based on Depardieu's brilliant acting in Danton, Jean de Florette and Les Miserables, and the pathos of Bresson's Dairy of a Country Priest (also based on a Bernanos novel). I found the plot hard to follow, especially the scenes with Mouchette who was totally unconvincing. Although I do believe men can create convincing and moving female protagonists (Anna Karenina and Tess spring to mind) this seemed to be a male director's fantasy of a teenage nympho with no psychological insight. Sandrine Bonnaire seems to be of the 'let your face do the talking school of acting' with an interesting French 'jolie laide' face which did not in this film make up for her lack of acting skills. I dread to think what A nos Amours is like, but not sure I can be bothered to waste my time finding out. The scenes with Satan were the only redeeming features of the film (to excuse the pun). I can now see why this film completely passed me by on it's release, despite being an avid Depardieu/French film fan.