El sacerdote 1978
1h 49min | Drama | 1 May 1978 (Spain)
Obsessed with fantasies of sex, Father Miguel seeks professional help through his church but they are not listening; thus leaving the Father in a dilemma; leaving the church or should he try, on his own, to surrender to these temptations?
In the film, El Sacerdote, played well by Simón Andreu, viewers witness the long, silent, emotional and psychological turmoil of a celibate catholic priest. Despite his strong moral fiber he realizes, human bodies are constantly plagued with sinful images which his faith and profession forbids. After failing to deal with the tormenting demons, he seeks the help of his superiors who offer few options, insisting that spiritual platitudes are sufficient to deal with the “Devil’s temptations”. Despite his best efforts, the haunting memories of his past remain vivid and troubling. Daily, he is reminded of his lustful needs, which range from a young boy to a married village beauty. The film mirrors modern concepts and conflicts which challenge the church today. Over all, this is a remarkable and touching film, with brief nude scenes and violent depictions of the torturous lengths a man will go to find at peace with himself and his God.
Director: Eloy de la Iglesia
Writer: Enrique Barreiro (screenplay)
Stars: Simón Andreu, Emilio Gutiérrez Caba, José Franco
Release Date: 1 May 1978 (Spain)
Also Known As: The Priest
Filming Locations: Colmenar de Oreja, Madrid, Spain