The Parson's Widow was one of Carl Theodor Dreyer's first films in the 1920s. The film is based on the short story Prestekonen by Kristofer Janson.
It tells the story of Söfren and his fiance Mari. Her father does not like Söfren and will not allow her to marry him until he gets a church allowance. Söfren later learns that he is competing with two other men, both wealthy academics from Copenhagen.
When Söfren's rivals host a dinner for the townspeople, the church committee announces that Söfren is their choice as pastor. The committee also makes public that Margarete Pedersdotter, the widow of the previous pastor, has exercised her right to demand that her husband's successor marry her.