Ars

dir. Jacques Demy

TIFF Cinematheque - Retrospective

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A complex, evocative portrait of Jean-Marie Baptiste Vianney, the pastor of Ars, whose humble and loving life led to sanctification.

A complex, evocative portrait of Jean-Marie Baptiste Vianney, the pastor of Ars, whose humble and loving life led to sanctification. Severe on his parishioners, his sermons stern and unforgiving, Vianney felt himself a coward, worthy only of permanent residence in the confessional. The title suggests that the film is about place, and Demy's eye for wintry land- and streetscapes is very fine.