Joan Of Arc
Bruno Dumont
F 2019

No longer a musical like JEANNETTE: THE CHILDHOOD OF JOAN OF ARC, JEANNE is a combination of different genres that tells the story of the heroine’s teenage years, an adolescence interrupted by the accusations of heresy that paved the way to the stake. France’s most idiosyncratic filmmaker includes some popular songs to accompany the plot, invents a musical choreography in which horses and riders seem like incarnations of Baryshnikov, and stages the whole trial inside a cathedral (an indirect lesson on how to film architecture), including various outstanding and strangely comic moments.
The story itself is well known. It’s 1492, the devastating Hundred Years’ War is in full swing, and the days of this feminine symbol of battle are numbered. Yet this film will go down in history for its closing shot. How could it be that neither Dreyer, nor Bresson realized that the young warrior’s burning flesh should be shot from a distance and never from the joyful point of view of the executioner and the perverse purifiers of souls? This is a shot touched by grace. (Roger Koza)

  • Fabrice Luchini - Robert Pujol
  • Lise Leplat-Prudhomme - Jeanne
  • Fabien Fenet
  • Jean-Francois Causeret
  • Daniel Dienne
  • Yves Habert
  • Robert Hanicotte
  • Bruno Dumont
  • Philippe Lecoeur
  • David Chambille
  • Bruno Dumont
  • Basile Belkhiri
  • Christophe
3B Productions, Pictanovo


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