Rent Under the Satan's Sun (1987)

3.3 of 5 from 69 ratings
1h 34min
Rent Under the Satan's Sun (aka Sous le soleil de Satan) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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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"
, , , , , Brigitte Legendre, Jean-Claude Bourlat, , Philippe Pallut, Marcel Anselin, Yvette Lavogez, Pierre D'Hoffelize, , , Marie-Antoinette Lorge, Bernard De Gouy, Yolene De Gouy, Claudine Gauthier, Thierry Artur, Ghislain Boitrelle
Georges Bernanos, Sylvie Pialat
Sous le soleil de Satan
France, Drama

1987 Cannes Palme d'Or

Release Date:
Run Time:
94 minutes
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.66:1
  • Isabelle aux dombes – Pialat's first film
  • Congres eucharistique diocesain – A short by Pialat
  • 2003 video interview with star Gerard Depardieu
  • Footage from the Cannes press conference with Pialat and cast
  • TV interview with Pialat and Depardieu after winning the Palme d'Or
  • De Bernanos a Pialat – TV programme about the film, featuring interviews with Pialat and others
  • Rare on-set footage from the shoot
  • Deleted and alternate scenes, discussed by editor Yann Dedet, apprentice editor Cedric Kahn, and screenwriter and assistant Sylvie Pialat
  • Original French theatrical trailer, plus six more Pialat trailers
Disc 1:
This disc includes the main feature
Disc 2:
This disc includes the special features

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Reviews (2) of Under the Satan's Sun

Good but dull - Under the Satan's Sun review by JD

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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

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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.

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