A Violent Desire for Joy
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France 1792: After the arrival of revolutionary troops at his secluded mountain monastery, young monk Gabriel is forced to choose between traditional duty and modern freedom.
Provence, far from the epicenter of the French Revolution: The monastery is requisitioned to serve as barracks by the revolutionary troops. The new ideas Gabriel discovers through the forced cohabitation between monks and soldiers don’t leave him indifferent. He has to take a choice between the old and the new.
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