The Abbé and love

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German title The Abbé and love
Original title Prêtres interdits
Country of production France
original language French
Publishing year 1973
length 82 minutes
Director Denys de La Patellière
script François Boyer ,
Denys de La Patellière
production Georges de Beauregard
camera Henri Raichi
cut Claude Durand

The Abbé and love (alternative title: Forbidden feelings , original title: Prêtres interdits ) is a French movie by Denys de La Patellière from 1973 with Robert Hossein and Claude Jade . The film is based on memories of the authors Denys de La Patellière and François Boyer. The film had its television premiere in the GDR on July 18, 1986 on the DFF and in the Federal Republic on December 16, 1993 on the ZDF .


The young Parisian Françoise falls in love with the Catholic priest Jean while on vacation in the country in 1936. After revealing her feelings to him in the confessional, the two become a couple despite all odds. Jean's colleague Ancely wants Françoise to return to Paris, but she stays. When Françoise was expecting a child, Jean was suspended by the bishop for an offense against celibacy . Françoise gives the child to an orphanage after the birth. The years go by: Françoise now has her little son François with her. When she wanted to meet Jean at a friend's house in Bort-les-Orgues , Françoise was killed in an air raid and the child was given to her parents. Jean joins the Resistance and is ultimately shot as a communist by fascists .

In 1970 a new bishop is faced with a similar case. His decision to suspend the priest - more than 20 years have changed society - is left open.


“A tabloid, simplistic melodrama that comes along with an instructive undertone and gets caught up in a multitude of questions; the problem of celibacy is insufficiently explored. "

“Denys de La Patellière does not hesitate to cast actors who are already very influenced. Robert Hossein and Claude Piéplu force themselves to their priests. In order not to use the face of sin for the forbidden love of the priest, he took the purest face of French cinema, that of Claude Jade. Nothing seems ugly or dirty; he uses delicate poetic images, indulging in the music of Vivaldi. ”(Le Combat, November 20, 1973)

“Forbidden Priests is a popular film that sets the tone and is remarkable with Robert Hossein in his best role. Claude Jade is very lovely as the forbidden fruit and the presence of Claude Piéplu dominates the second half of the film. ”(Aurore, November 24, 1973)

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Individual evidence

  1. The Abbé and Love in the Lexicon of International FilmsTemplate: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used , accessed on August 12, 2008.