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The Book of Life

The Book of Life (1998)

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Release Date: Oct 10, 1998 Wide

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Hal Hartley directed this French-produced comedy about the Second Coming of Christ (Martin Donovan), with Thomas Jay Ryan in the role of Satan. While a gambler (David Simonds) and a waitress (Miho Nikaido) talk with Satan in a hotel bar, Jesus arrives at JFK airport with Magdalena (PJ Harvey). Jesus has been sent down to end the world by breaking the Seven Seals on a computer disk in a bowling alley locker room. Made in digital video blown up to 35mm, this film is part of the French "Collection

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Art House & International, Comedy

Hal Hartley

Nov 7, 2000

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Anything touched by PJ Harvey is bound to be worth the trouble; even better, Hartley has made one of his better, least grating films.

August 29, 2004
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Jesus-who's-come-again asks Himself soul-searching questions in what might've been called The Lack of Passion of the Christ.

April 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Mixed Reviews

Hartley always underplays things, even when the world's about to end.

March 5, 2002 Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com
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The Book of Life has promise but it doesn't have the full punch of Hartley's other work. An interesting existential film nonetheless.
October 9, 2012
John Ballantine

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Interesting low budget existential drama.
July 9, 2008
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