Jesus of Montreal details
|Formats:||18 DVD, LOVEFiLM Instant|
|Starring:||Catherine Wilkening, Lothaire Bluteau, Gilles Pelletier, Remy Girard, Johanne-Marie Tremblay, Robert LePage, Yves Jacques|
|Genres:||Drama - General, World Cinema - French|
|Original title||Jésus de Montréal|
Jesus of Montreal
|1hr 54 mins||18|
LOVEFiLM Instant Information
|Run time:||1 hour 54 minutes|
|Rental release:||To be confirmed|
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Interesting but flawed Canadian dramBy Philip Concannon from London , 07 Aug 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Montreal priest Fr. Leclerc(Gilles Pelletier) is determined to spice up the local Passion play and bring it to a fresh audience. To do this he hires a group of young actors to rewrite it. But when their unorthodox version becomes an unexpected success, the church takes a dim view if proceedings and orders the play to be stopped. To add to their problems, the actor playing Jesus is starting to experience strange parallels with the life of Christ.
An intriguing setup, it's a pity Denys Arcand's script doesn't develop it fully. It starts of well with the actors being selected and then preparing the show, but then it goes off the rails with Arcand's decision to show us almost the whole play. At this point the film grinds to a halt and almost never recovers, a real shame because up to that point it's been a clever, funny and original prospect.
Lothaire Bluteau is excellent as the lead actor, Daniel, who starts to lose his identity. The rest of the cast is also accomplished, but aside from Catherine Wilkening's Mireille (the Mary Magdalene character), none of the characters is allowed to blossom. Still, Daniel's martyrdom and eventual resurrection are inspired, so much so that it makes you wish Arcand had left the staging of the play to the viewer's imagination and kept the rest of the film on that level.
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Worth the watchBy a customer , 11 Oct 2012Not half bad, and definitely worth seeing. There are good character observations and social commentary, and the film is well made.
Nazareth, Montreal. Where next?By a customer , 03 Jul 2012A brilliant film well acted and directed. The interweaving of the plot against the allegory was subtley done. The film is certainly not overlong, if anything it seemed to end in a hurry.
jesus of montrealBy buffyrules (335 reviews) from southend on sea , 03 Feb 2010very french, very 80's, very weird...good cast, too long, better first half than second....
i originally watched this film when i was a wee nipper....so i had words with my mum for allowing me to watch a film with quite a bit of nudity involved when i was at such a young age!!!! it didnt have a lasting effect back then, all i seemed to remember about the film was...'very french, very weird...' and something about a metro station...! i was waiting for this to show up all film, never happened...odd :[
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Jesus of MontrealBy keenviewer (2 reviews) from Swindon , 27 Apr 2009I first watched this film on its initial release several years ago and enjoyed it. Sadly on viewing again it was'nt as good as I remembered it !!!
Not what i was expectingBy a customer from Uxbridge , 09 Nov 2008
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideThis was a film i wasn't sure about. It had been recommended to me, and when it began- i thought I wouldn't follow the subtitled story (always harder to follow the plot if you can't hear the dialogue). Then second impression was that it was going to be a dated retake on the 'Godspell' musical type of story but without the music... but i was wrong. I can't say the characters were memorable- but it was OK as a movie and might go down well with a group who wanted a film to watch and discuss.The plot held no real surprises- the title kind of gave the plot away- but it did make me glad that i live in a country where anyone taken to a hospital is given treatment- and compared with this view of Montreal- all of our hospitals are brilliant :-)