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23 - 31 October 2021: Léon Morin, Priest


Léon Morin, Priest
Jean-Pierre Melville, 1961, 117 min
French with English subtitles

Jean-Paul Belmondo delivers a subtly sensual performance in the hot-under-the-collar Léon Morin, Priest, directed by Jean-Pierre Melville. The French superstar plays a devoted man of the cloth who is desired by all the women of a small village in Nazi-occupied France. He finds himself most drawn to a sexually frustrated widow – played by Emmanuelle Riva – a religious sceptic whose relationship with her confessor turns into a confrontation with both God and her own repressed desire. A triumph of mood, setting, and innuendo, Léon Morin, Priest is an irreverent pleasure from one of French cinema’s towering virtuosos.

Part of our tribute to Jean-Paul Belmondo