Léon Morin, Priest

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Léon Morin, Priest

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Léon Morin, Priest

Release Date: September 21, 1961

Year    :   1961
Slogan    :   «»
Genres    :   Romance, Drama
Production Companies    :   Rome Paris Films, Concordia Compagnia Cinematografica
Director    :   Jean-Pierre Melville
Producers    :   Carlo Ponti, Georges de Beauregard
Writers    :   Jean-Pierre Melville, Béatrix Beck
RunTime    :   117 mins.

In World War II, the widow Barny sees the Italian soldiers arriving in occupied Saint Bernard while walking to her job. Barny lives with her daughter and works correcting tests and feels a great attraction toward her boss Sabine. When the Germans arrive, Barny sends her half-Jewish daughter to live on a farm in the countryside and finds that Sabine's brother has been arrested and sent to a concentration camp. The atheist Barny decides to baptize her daughter to protect her and chooses priest Léon Morin to discuss with him themes related to religion and Catholicism and Léon lends books to her. Barny converts to Catholicism and becomes closer to Léon, feeling an unrequited desire for him.

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