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: Martial Solal
Genre: Drama
Black & White
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Language: French with English subtitles
Running Time: 117 minutes

“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.

Director's cut restored in 4K by Studiocanal in collaboration with L'Immagine Ritrovata laboratory (Bologna)

Reviews and Quotes 2

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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