Under the Sun of Satan (Sous le soleil de Satan)
Dir. Maurice Pialat. 1987, 97 mins. 35mm. With Gérard Depardieu, Sandrine Bonnaire, Maurice Pialat. For the film that would win him the Palme d’Or at Cannes—he taunted his enemies as he collected the prize—trudging realist Pialat set foot on sacred ground, adapting a classic novel by Georges Bernanos, whose work had previously provided the basis for two canonical films by Robert Bresson. Depardieu, now ensconced as Pialat’s go-to star, plays a country priest who is trying to save the soul of a local girl, Mouchette (Bonnaire), warned against the too-passionate faith he displays by an elder superior, played by Pialat himself.
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