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France, 1961
Director: Jean-Pierre Melville
Producer: Georges de Beauregard, Carlo Ponti
Cast: Emmanuelle Riva, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Irène Tunc
Screenwriter: Jean-Pierre Melville
Based on the novel by Béatrix Beck
Cinematography: Henri Decaë
Music: Paul Misraki
Genre: Drama
Black & White
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Language: French with English subtitles
Running Time: 117 minutes

Synopsis:
“Religion is the opiate of the people,” begins the confession of jaded Communist widow Barny (Emmanuelle Riva). Relocated to a drab little village during the Occupation, her boredom has led to provoking the local clergy. But when her confessor dryly replies “Pas exactement,” Barny begins a seemingly inexorable turn towards God — or perhaps towards her handsome confessor.

Reviews and Quotes 2

"HYPNOTIC! BEAUTIFULLY FILMED
AND ACTED!"
- New York Magazine

"Moves with the diamond-cut precision and carefully constricting tension of Melville's trademark gangland sagas."
- Scott Foundas

"PEERLESS...Presented with
a harrowing simplicity."
- Richard Brody, The New Yorker

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