A young war reenactor makes a friend on the battlefield who helps him use strategy to take on his high school enemy. Driven by newfound confidence, he seduces the friend's fetching older sister and risks the friendship. Reality intervenes when the illness of his ex-addict father forces the anger his irony masks to the surface and he has to decide if staying in a fantasy world is worth the consequences.
Reportedly, director Andrei Tarkovsky's favorite film.
Curé de Torcy:
Make order. Make order all day long. Make order while thinking that disorder will take over the following day, because it is precisely within order, unfortunately, that the night will blow away yesterday's work.
Our hidden sins poison the air that others breathe.
All is grace.
The simplest tasks are by no means the easiest.
Vredens dag (1943)
- Both films end with the shadow of a cross on a white wall.
Taxi Driver (1976)
The Last Alchemist, or How Wynn Albright Got His Comeuppance (2004)
- The felt pen used by the main character in The Last Alchemist is the same as the pen used by the main character in Diary of A Country Priest, and the scenes where he writes on the paper are filmed in the same way.
Scorsese on Scorsese (2004) (TV)
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