Director: Jean-Pierre Melville

130 mins • 1961 • France • Digital • Black and White

A four film programme celebrates the centennial of Jean-Pierre Melville – see the full lineup here. 

Dr Brigitte Le Juez, Associate Professor at DCU, will introduce this screening.

This brilliant adaptation of Béatrix Beck’s autobiography centres on a young atheist, communist widow Barny (Emmanuelle Riva), and her developing love for a handsome unconventional priest (Jean-Paul Belmondo) who tries to convert her. Seen through the eyes of Barny, their dual-like encounters walk a thin line between religious passion and sexual tension, delicately constructed through Henri Decaë’s low-key photography, effective editing, and skillful use of voice-over.

(Notes by Marie-Pierre Richard)

This film is screening as part of the Jean-Pierre Melville Centennial Celebration at this year’s IFI French Film Festival. Tickets for all Melville screenings cost €7 each.

Programme supported by the Institut Français and the French Embassy in Ireland. Special thanks to Christine Houard, Institut Français; Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Ireland.

Screening as part of the IFI French Film Festival 2017 – November 15th to 26th.

Packages €45 for 5 films. €80 for 10 films. (Both packages exclude the opening film. Available in person or over the phone: 01 679 3477.)

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