The Suspended Vocation

The Suspended Vocation (French: La vocation suspendue) is a 1978 French drama film directed by Chilean filmmaker Raúl Ruiz. It is a free adaptation of the perverse theological 1950 novel of the same name by Pierre Klossowski.[1]

The Suspended Vocation
Film poster
Directed byRaúl Ruiz
Written byRaúl Ruiz
Pierre Klossowski
StarringDidier Flamand
Music byJorge Arriagada
CinematographyMaurice Perrimond
Sacha Vierny
Edited byValeria Sarmiento
Distributed byInstitut national de l'audiovisuel
Release date
  • 1978 (1978)
Running time
90 minutes


The film centers on a Dominican monk named Jérôme (played by one actor in colour and another actor in black-and-white) and his interactions with various higher-ups within the French Catholic Church.


  • Didier Flamand as Jérôme #1
  • Pascal Bonitzer as Jérôme #2
  • Daniel Gélin as Malagrida
  • Édith Scob as Angélique
  • Gabriel Gascon as Le père-confesseur
  • Geneviève Mnich as Soeur Théophile
  • Maurice Bénichou as Le membre de la Dévotion #1
  • Pascal Kané as Le membre de la Dévotion #2
  • Alexandre Tamar as Le membre de la Dévotion #3
  • Jean Badin as L'ami
  • Huguette Faget as La vendeuse de statues
  • Jean Rougeul as Euthanasien Persienne
  • Françoise Vercruyssen as La femme
  • Jean Lescot as Le père-maitre #1
  • Marcel Imhoff as Le père-maitre #2
  • Daniel Isoppo as Le frère convers
  • Isidro Romero as Le prieur #1
  • Gérard Berner as Le prieur #2
  • Éric Burnelli as Le frère peintre
  • Jean-Robert Viard as L'évêque (as Jean Robert Viard)
  • Paul-Eric Shulmann as L'enfant(as Paul-Eroc Schulman)
  • Sylvie Herbert as Soeur Vincent
  • Raoul Guillet as Le supérieur
  • Jean Frapat as L'abbé noir


  1. Goddard, Michael (2013). The Cinema of Raúl Ruiz: Impossible Cartographies, Wallflower Press, pp. 39-45

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