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The Suspended Vocation (1978)

La vocation suspendue (original title)
Divergent factions within the Catholic Church are plagued by internal ideological quarrels.

Director:

Raoul Ruiz (as Raul Ruiz)

Writers:

Pierre Klossowski (novel), Raoul Ruiz
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Didier Flamand Didier Flamand ... Jérôme #1
Pascal Bonitzer Pascal Bonitzer ... Jérôme #2
Gabriel Gascon Gabriel Gascon ... Le père-confesseur
Maurice Bénichou ... Le membre de la Dévotion #1
François Simon François Simon ... La montagne
Pascal Kané Pascal Kané ... Le membre de la Dévotion #2
Edith Scob ... Angélique #1
Frédérique Meininger ... Mère Angélique #2
Alexandre Tamar Alexandre Tamar ... Le membre de la Dévotion #3
Jean Badin Jean Badin ... L'ami
Françoise Vercruyssen Françoise Vercruyssen ... La femme
Marcel Imhoff Marcel Imhoff ... Le père-maitre #2
Jean Lescot Jean Lescot ... Le père-maitre #1
Daniel Isoppo Daniel Isoppo ... Le frère convers
Gérard Berner Gérard Berner ... Le prieur #2
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Divergent factions within the Catholic Church are plagued by internal ideological quarrels.

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

27 July 1978 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Suspended Vocation See more »

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Mono
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difficult, cerebral and oblique film dealing with Catholic issues
8 December 2008 | by OldAle1See all my reviews

I found "La Vocation suspendue"/Suspended Vocation (1978), the earliest feature from Raoul Ruiz that I've seen thus far, very, very difficult and at times completely incomprehensible -- I really think one has to have some background in or knowledge of Catholicism to fully appreciate it, and clearly though the visual aspects of the film are important, the religious themes are at the heart of it; it is unquestionably a film about something, a film that is dealing intellectually with a subject, but in an oblique enough way that if you start out more or less at ground zero (as I did) it will be hard to take anything away. The black and white photography elements (courtesy of one of the world's greatest cinematographers, Sacha Vierny, in his first collaboration with Ruiz) were quite striking though, and at times it gave off a very Bressonian feel.

This was Ruiz' second French feature and the first of two films based on novels by Pierre Klossowski, the other being "Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting." Probably worth a 6/10 for interest, and I suspect that I'll get more out of it on a second viewing after doing some homework. It appears on an indispensable Blaq Out 2-disc set with the much more accessible and entertaining "Hypothesis" and "Three Crowns of the Sailor." DVD rental


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