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By Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat

 

Under the Sun of Satan
Directed by Maurice Pialat
Nova Entertainment, Inc. 1987 DVD/VHS Feature Film
Not Rated

This is French director Maurice Pialatís austere screen adaptation of Catholic novelist George Bernanosís 1926 novel. This religious work won the coveted Golden Palm at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival. Father Donissan is an ardent man of God who mutilates his flesh, desperately seeks sanctity, and has a love/hate relationship with his cerebral superior. The priestís faith and morals are tested by a roadside encounter with Satan, a truth-telling session with a 16-year-old murderess, and a challenge to raise a deceased child from the dead. This film graphically conveys the negative fallout from spiritual pride and boasts very strong performances by Gerard Depardieu as the religious zealot and Sandrine Bonnaire as the self-destructive sensualist. Although some have found this cinematic exploration of good and evil out of step with the times, others will see it as a credible reworking of an ancient and reputable religious theme.

 

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