Best of… Series – 1966 – The Priest and the Girl

The Priest and the Girl (Joaquim Pedro de Andrade, 1966)

Hi all! I know it’s been a while since I last posted and that’s simply because I didn’t watch any movies over the Christmas holiday. So after a mini-hiatus, I got back into the swing of things quite nicely with this little-known gem of a movie.

The Priest and the Girl is a nearly perfect film. Its only flaw is that it ends five minutes too late. The last five minutes are unnecessary and actual does a little to hurt the characterization up to that point. So, basically, my enjoyment of the film ignores the end, and I can’t really talk about it without spoiling the film. Anyway, as the title indicates, the film’s two main characters are a priest and a young lady. A young priest is called into a small town as the town’s regular priest is on his death-bed. As the film progresses, he gets to know a few of the town’s residents and the young lady from the title tries to seduce him.

One of the film’s key strengths is the way Andrade writes his characters as flawed and easy to sympathize with. The girl is very much a seductress, but as we learn bits and pieces of her past, it’s easy to feel for her situation. Then there is the priest who has a very good heart, and truly comes across as a man seeking God with a desire to show people mercy. The film touches on the themes of temptation, confusion, sin, and forgiveness in an earnestly real way. There is no obvious moral to the story, and it is most definitely not preachy. Andrade just lets his characters be who they are, and the themes come naturally. Also, I can’t finish without mentioning the amazing cinematography and sound editing. The film is almost a contast onslaught of beautiful images and camera movements. So fantastic.  9.75/10


2 Responses to “Best of… Series – 1966 – The Priest and the Girl”

  1. jackskelliez Says:

    Really want to see Priest – not on Netflix, ugh! Will have to remember to check my library.

    • chrisfilm Says:

      Yeah, this one isn’t available on dvd unfortunately. Check your inbox for a way that might help you see this.

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