France, 1961, 117 min, DCP, Dir. Jean-Pierre Melville, Not Rated, In French with English subtitles, Institut Français

Léon Morin, Priest

Sunday, October 15

“A fascinating, unexpected movie that fans of French film in general, and Melville in particular, will not want to miss.” —Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

“This is a beautiful, heartbreaking film.” —Kathy Fennessy, Seattle Film Blog

The film follows the complex relationship between Barny, a passionate and atheistic widow, and Léon Morin, a charismatic and compassionate priest. As Barny seeks spiritual guidance, she becomes increasingly drawn to the enigmatic Léon, sparking a profound inner conflict between her rational beliefs and burgeoning desires. Against the backdrop of wartime tension and resistance, their encounters evolve into a psychological and emotional battleground, challenging both their convictions and, ultimately, their destinies.

In August 1973, 50 years ago, Jean-Pierre Grumbach (known as Jean-Pierre Melville), one of the great filmmakers of the 20th century, passed away. In a career spanning just fourteen films and twenty-five years, Jean-Pierre Melville became an international legend. His films had a profound impact on the young filmmakers of the French New Wave. He also exerted a lasting influence on other major filmmakers, with his writing and visual style having inspired many American directors such as Quentin Tarantino, Michael Mann and Jim Jarmusch. 2023 is an opportunity to pay tribute to him and (re)discover his work. This program is presented in partnership with the Alliance Française Miami Metro.

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