Sunday, February 17, 2013

UNDER THE SUN OF SATAN (1987)

Gerard Depardieu is a devout country priest who spends his time talking to his imaginary master, doubting himself and beating the crap out of himself with chains.  If a normal person did this they'd be thrown in the nuthouse, but somehow he made a career out of it.  One evening while walking through a field Satan comes up and starts talking shit to him.  Next thing you know Depardieu confronts a teenage girl who has two lovers...well, that is until she murdered one of them!  Stuff happens and Depardieu continues to talk to his invisible friend a lot.

As dull as that sounds, for whatever reason, I actually liked this movie.  It's beautifully photographed and Depardieu's performance is quite demanding since the majority of his lines are just him standing there talking to no one, but he does an extremely believable job portraying a highly conflicted individual struggling constantly (with every thought and deed) with his relationship with God.

As a man of zero faith I have no belief in God, Satan, Zeus, Nanabozho, the Flying Spaghetti Monster or any other deity, so I'm probably not the best person to review this film, but despite my lack of faith I was still moved by Gerard's tortured performance and that of Sandrine Bonnaire as the troubled girl.  Recommended.