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Under the Sun of Satan (1987)

Sous le soleil de Satan (original title)
TV-MA | | Drama, Fantasy | 10 February 1989 (USA)
A priest stuck in a rural congregation and burdened with his overwrought spirituality, finds purpose in a troubled woman accused of murder.

Director:

Maurice Pialat

Writers:

Georges Bernanos (novel), Sylvie Pialat (scenario) (as Sylvie Danton) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gérard Depardieu ... Donissan
Sandrine Bonnaire ... Mouchette
Maurice Pialat ... Menou-Segrais
Alain Artur Alain Artur ... Cadignan
Yann Dedet Yann Dedet ... Gallet
Brigitte Legendre Brigitte Legendre ... La mère de Mouchette
Jean-Claude Bourlat Jean-Claude Bourlat ... Malorthy
Jean-Christophe Bouvet ... Le maquignon
Philippe Pallut Philippe Pallut ... Le carrier
Marcel Anselin Marcel Anselin ... Mgr Gerbier
Yvette Lavogez Yvette Lavogez ... Marthe
Pierre D'Hoffelize Pierre D'Hoffelize ... Havret (as Pierre d'Hoffelize)
Corinne Bourdon Corinne Bourdon ... La mère de l'enfant
Thierry Der'ven Thierry Der'ven ... Sabroux
Marie-Antoinette Lorge Marie-Antoinette Lorge ... Estelle
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Storyline

A priest stuck in a rural congregation and burdened with his overwrought spirituality, finds purpose in a troubled woman accused of murder.

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Genres:

Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

10 February 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Under the Sun of Satan See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,987, 22 January 1989

Gross USA:

$68,765

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$68,765
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

This is the third filmed adaptation of a Georges Bernanos novel. The first two were Diary of a Country Priest (1951) and Mouchette (1967) both directed by Robert Bresson See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Donissan: With you, everything looks easy. Alone, I'm useless. I'm like the zero, only useful next to other numbers. Priests are so miserable. They waste their lives seeing God being ignored. People make jokes on us. We're like those walls where people write obscenities.
Menou-Segrais: You're tired.
Donissan: Tired? I'm not tired. Tired is a bad thought.
Menou-Segrais: Suspend your visits.
Donissan: Those visits do more harm than good. In the beginning, I didn't know evil. I learned it from the mouths of the sinners.
Menou-Segrais: No one knows better ...
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Connections

Featured in One Hundred and One Nights (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Intermezzo de la Symphonie No. 1
Music by Henri Dutilleux
Conducted by Serge Baudo
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Uninvolving
17 April 2005 | by JD-98See all my reviews

I couldn't relate to this film. It failed to engage me either intellectually, emotionally or aesthetically. The dialogue was very dense and uninvolving. I couldn't connect with and hence care about any of the characters and I'm finding it hard to find much that's positive to say about it.

I've read that to understand it properly one needs to be familiar with some of the more obscure aspects of Catholic theology. I'll admit that, as an atheist, I probably am unfamiliar with many of the finer details of Catholicism, but I have also seen many films dealing with religious issues that have touched me because their themes are still universal to the human condition and don't rely on specialised knowledge or beliefs.


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