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LEON MORIN, PRIEST [Léon Morin, prêtre]

LEON MORIN, PRIEST [Léon Morin, prêtre]

  • Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville
  • Starring Jean-Paul Belmondo, Emmanuelle Riva, Irène Tunc
  • 1961 | 108mins | France, Italy | (12A)

As the Germans take over France during World War II, widowed mother Barny (Emmanuelle Riva) becomes increasingly anxious about her half-Jewish daughter. She decides to hide the girl on a nearby farm and have her baptized as a cover. The ceremony reminds Barny of the absurdity of religion, and inspires her to pick a fight with parish priest Leon (Jean-Paul Belmondo). She's surprised to learn that he shares a great many of her views, and the two begin a chaste yet deep relationship.