LÃ©on Morin, Priest: The Criterion Collection
Jean-Paul Belmondo delivers a subtly sensual performance for the hot-under-the-collar LÃ©on Morin, Priest (LÃ©on Morin, Pere), directed by Jean-Pierre Melville. The French superstar plays a devoted man of the cloth who is the crush object of all the women of a small village in Nazi-occupied France. He finds himself most drawn to a sexually frustrated widow - played by Emmanuelle Riva - a borderline heretic whose relationship with her confessor is a confrontation with both God and her own repressed desire. A triumph of mood, setting, and innuendo, LÃ©on Morin, Priest is an irreverent pleasure from one of French cinema's towering virtuosos.