In World War II, the widow Barny sees the Italian soldiers arriving in occupied Saint Bernard while walking to her job. Barny lives with her daughter and works correcting tests and feels a great attraction toward her boss Sabine. When the Germans arrive, Barny sends her half-Jewish daughter to live in a farm in the countryside and finds that Sabine's brother has been arrested and sent to a concentration camp. The atheist Barny decides to baptize her daughter to protect her and chooses priest Léon Morin to discuss with him themes related to religion and Catholicism and Léon lends books to her. Barny converts to the Catholicism and becomes closer to Léon, feeling an unrequited desire for him.

  1. Jean-Pierre Melville

    Director, Writer

  2. Béatrix Beck


Top Billed Cast

  1. Jean-Paul Belmondo

    Jean-Paul Belmondo

    Leon Morin

  2. Emmanuelle Riva

    Emmanuelle Riva


  3. Irène Tunc

    Irène Tunc

    Christine Sangredin

  4. Nicole Mirel

    Sabine Levy

  5. Gisèle Grimm


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Léon Morin, Priest
Léon Morin, Priest


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Original Title Léon Morin, prêtre

Status Released

Release Information

  • September 21, 1961


    Children 12 or older admitted, children between 6 and 11 only when accompanied by parent or a legal guardian.

Original Language French

Runtime 2h 10m

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