Astataïon ou Le festin des morts (1965)

A young Jesuit missionary reflects on his life and his faith while awaiting his execution at the hands of the Native Americans he came to convert.


Fernand Dansereau


Alec Pelletier
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Credited cast:
Alain Cuny ... Jean de Bréboeuf
Jean-Guy Sabourin ... Le jeune père
Jacques Godin ... Indien
Jean-Louis Millette ... Indien
Albert Millaire ... Indien
Yves Létourneau ... Indien
Monique Mercure ... Indienne
Maurice Tremblay Maurice Tremblay ... Indien
Jacques Kasma Jacques Kasma ... Indien
François Guillier François Guillier ... Indien
Ginette Letondal ... Indienne
Janine Sutto ... Indienne
Jean Perraud Jean Perraud
Marcel Sabourin
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hubert Loiselle ... Le narrateur


Set in 1638, Jesuit missionaries have come to New France (now eastern Ontario) to convert the natives to Christianity. The Jesuits live together in peace with the Hurons until the village of Sainte-Marie is decimated by famine and disease. The Hurons blame the missionaries and take them prisoner with the intention of sacrificing them. During what he thinks is his last night, a young unnamed Jesuit flashes back on his life and how he arrived at this point: his arrival to the New World 5 years earlier in the company of Champlain, the work and influence of Brebeuf, the Father Superior, memorable encounters with the natives, and general daily life in the village. Back in the present, the young Jesuit begins to have a crisis of faith and struggles against his demons that contact with the Hurons have awakened; he reflects on the righteousness of his mission, the sanctity of his chastity and goes so far as to question the existence of God all the while anticipating his impending doom. Based ... Written by pr1mal_1

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Release Date:

20 May 1965 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Mission of Fear See more »

Filming Locations:

Mascouche, Québec, Canada


Box Office


CAD280,000 (estimated)
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