Monsignor Renard


1h 30m 2000

Brief Synopsis

World War II drama about Monsignor Renard, a Nazi-defying French priest. In 1940, the monsignor is newly arrived in his home town of Saint-Josse des Bois, which he left 20 years earlier to join the Catholic church. The village is filled with reminders of his former life -- including Madeleine, his o

Film Details

Also Known As
ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre (05/07/00)
Release Date
2000

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m

Synopsis

World War II drama about Monsignor Renard, a Nazi-defying French priest. In 1940, the monsignor is newly arrived in his home town of Saint-Josse des Bois, which he left 20 years earlier to join the Catholic church. The village is filled with reminders of his former life -- including Madeleine, his one-time fiancee who has never forgiven him for choosing the church over her. It is also filled with Nazis. The German army has overrun France and is preparing to invade England using Sainte-Josse as an embarkation point. Against this turbulant background, Renard ministers to his flock as he is drawn ever deeper into the emerging resistance against the force of evil. In Part 1, a Gestapo officer searching for an escaped English soldier orders Renard arrested and his church trashed. As the screws of German tyranny tighten, villagers respond with a mixture of fear, defiance and collaboration. The mayor bends over backwards to accommodate them. The sawmill owner Dufosse gladly accepts a contract to build invasion barges to use against England. The thief Gagnepain employs his craft to start a black market and also befriends Renard. Madeleine's daughter, Helene, befriends an amorous German soldier. In Part 2, a chill wind blows through Saint-Josse as Germans callously shoot a French colonial soldier who is caught stealing bread. Madame Dufos belatedly discovers her Jewish ancestry, throwing her anti-Semitic family into turmoil. Another Jewish family tries to escape and meets treachery at the hands of a friend. A dissolute German archbishop visits Renard. In Part 3, Helene discovers she is pregnant and won't say who the father is. One candidate is a German soldier; another, a French swell named Etienne, who is baiting the Germans with almost suicidal insolence. Meanwhile, Madame Dufosse bribes a local official to allow her to depart with her son for the presumed safety of the French puppet regime in Vichy, and the Germans stage a kangaroo court followed by an execution. As Saint-Josse slowly falls apart, Renard does what he can to give the people comfort through the familiar rituals of the church. He also gives them pride through acts of defiance, and hope through a campaign of increasinly violent resistance.

Crew

Terry Ackland-snow

Production Designer

Jim Allen

Visual Effects

John Allenby

Property Master

Steven Ashley

Producer

Will Ayers

Props

Frederic Bacquet

Unit Manager

Howard Baker

Director Of Photography

Simone Bär

Casting

Christopher Barbier

Other

Sarah Bird

Casting Director

Kathleen Cahill

Editor

Philippe Chaussende

Production Supervisor

Phillippe Chaussende

Associate Producer

Ted Childs

Executive Producer

Stephen Churchett

Writer

Carol Cooper

Makeup Artist

Dominique Coste

Production

Desmund Crowe

Art Director

Kit Cunningham

Advisor

Chris Dale

Other

Nyriam De Valicourt

Other

Erin Delaney

Post-Production

Martin Dorey

Assistant Director

Rebecca Duncan

Wardrobe

Steve Earner

Accounting Assistant

Rebecca Eaton

Executive Producer

Victoria Edmunds

Assistant

Frederic Evard

Art Director

Frederic Evard

Art Assistant

Meghan Fallon

Production Assistant

Alex Fordham

Wardrobe

Barry Gates

Props

John Grover

Editor

Karen Haffey

Makeup Artist

Graham Hall

Camera Operator

James Hamilton

Assistant Costume Designer

Pauline Harlow

Script Supervisor

Gordon Harmer

Wardrobe Supervisor

Ed Harper

Associate Producer

Sasha Harris

Production Coordinator

Meinholf Hartung

Casting Associate

Stefan Henrix

Sound Editor

Dermot Hickey

Other

Iain Hill

Construction Manager

Scott Hinchcliffe

On-Line Editor

Ann Houlihan

Assistant Director

Stuart Hurst

Best Boy

Sophie Johnson

Editor

John E Keane

Music

Chris Kelly

Producer

David King

Editor

Steve Lamonby

Other

James Lewis

Art Assistant

Russell Lewis

Creative Consultant

Russell Lewis

Writer

Kenny Lupton

Props

Lesley Machinnow

Assistant Editor

Joe Martin

Grip

Bob Mcdonald

Accounting Assistant

Gerard Monier

Location Manager

Nic Morris

Director Of Photography

Stella O'farrell

Makeup

David Old

Dubbing Mixer

Becki Ponting

Sound Editor

Shelley Powell

Post-Production Supervisor

Darren Reynolds

Props

Martin Richardson

Wardrobe

Jami Rogers

Production

Terry Royce

Props

Arno Seagrim

Assistant Director

Mark Seaman

Advisor

Terry Sharratt

Boom Operator

Linda Sherwood-page

Titles

Andre Sissons

Sound Recordist

Andrew Sissons

Sound Recordist

Mike Smith

Production

Malcolm Stone

Set Decorator

Camilla Tress

Assistant Editor

Diane Twiddy

Production Accountant

Gary White

Assistant Director

Ian Wingrove

Special Effects Supervisor

Charles Wood

Writer

Sue Yelland

Costume Designer

Phillipe Zone

Stunt Coordinator

Film Details

Also Known As
ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre (05/07/00)
Release Date
2000

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m

Quotes

Trivia