That kiddie musical also ends with a massacre, albeit the most benign one you will ever see (hint: whipped cream for bullets). There's strange darkness that lurks in this film, the lighting is hazy and the settings are solidified and lifeless. It begins in the usual way, with a corpse. I was not expecting to get so emotionally invested. You need multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD player to view it in USA/Canada: LANGUAGES: French ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.66:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Alternative Footage, Anamorphic Widescreen, Booklet, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Deleted Scenes, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Short Film, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Positioned somewhere between Bresson's immortal Journal d'un curé de campagne and Dieterle's The Devil and Daniel Webster, Maurice Pialat's staggering Sous le soleil de Satan [Under the Sun of Satan] addresses the torrent of spiritual and intellectual turmoil unloosed among the denizens of a little country parish. What's important is that all the right clues be distributed, so that Poirot and the audience can pick them up, mull them over, and discover the culprit. Overall, I can’t say there was anything notably bad about this movie, but I definitely wouldn’t call it good. It is a major…. - Gene Shalit [sixth and final draft]. But as one could expect from Pialat, it's also incredibly beautiful from start to finish - with Depardieu and Bonnaire bringing out some of their best performances yet. Gérard Depardieu (Loulou, Le Garçu) is the self-abasing curate tortured by questions about his role in God's plan - before an encounter with a material Satan touches off a powerful revelation. Pialat, adapting from a book by Georges Bernanos, takes a more unusual…. The implications are utterly bleak at the end of his anguished journey...but here's a classic case of a film that transcends its pitch-black pessimism by the sheer animating force and ruthless clarity of its director's expression. However, when he reveals that he must repay his debts and can only afford to provide a country home for her, she is bored and unimpressed; she declares that she will instead choose one of her other lovers, Gallet, a doctor who is married with children, and who can afford to keep her as a mistress in an apartment in Paris. this movie actually reminds me a lot of "First Reformed" (but this is a less good movie). Rien de plus banal que de rencontrer Satan sur notre route: il prendra les allures les plus familières et viendra nous apporter secours, un peu de repos, au moment où nous sentons nos forces s'écouler. Please try again. A sequel to the groundbreaking "Man of Marble," it picks up where the previous movie left off, with the specters of the past largely gone and with communist Poland in time-changing convulsions. It tied at Cannes with “Apocalypse Now”. However, this action, as well as his newfound fame, makes Donissan increasingly ill. One night he is attacked by Satan and asks God to keep him alive if there is still use for him. This film was surprisingly theatrical, perhaps because I am not very familiar with the director, Maurice Pialott. That's one of the many things that make it fascinating. See other DVD options under “Other Formats & Versions”. A certain zaniness is required; Satan must have been quite a madcap to leave heaven in order to spend eternity as a troublemaker. A remarkable work of art that accepts the challenges of the infinite and refuses to back down to the obvious. Donissan, a man of fervent faith but limited intelligence, striving to serve the Lord in his rural ministry. Bonaire does nail the flightiness of youth. After the last parishioner leaves, Menou-Segrais goes to the confessional and discovers Donissan dead inside.  Under the Sun of Satan was produced through Erato Films, Flach Films, Action Films and Les Films A2. I am a follower of Christ and was fascinated and inspired by this story of spiritual warfare and miracles. Not sure how many more movies about religious existentialism my body can handle but I’m definitely reaching my limit. Popular movies haven’t really approached this kind of Chaplineque purity of simple emotion since (although "The Artist" certainly tried). There's a problem loading this menu right now. Welcome to Judgment City: A Look Back at Defending Your Life, The West Wing Returns for an HBO Max Special, Touring Masterworks: Adam Nayman Discusses His New Book on Paul Thomas Anderson.