Jésus de Montréal (Jesus of Montreal) (1989) - Rotten Tomatoes

Jésus de Montréal (Jesus of Montreal) (1989)




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A modern-day Passion Play becomes a reenactment of the life and death of Jesus Christ in more ways than one with this critically acclaimed drama from Quebec filmmaker Denys Arcand. Lothaire Bluteau stars as Daniel Coloumbe, an intense young actor in Montreal who is hired by church fathers to restage and update the city's annual Passion Play, which over the course of the past 40 years has begun to seem hidebound. Daniel hires a group of struggling young actors that become devoted to him and his creative vision as he devises an extremely avant-garde production that takes Christ's rebellious teachings literally. Revolving around set pieces reflecting passages from Christ's life rather than a traditional re-creation of events, Daniel's revisionist work also incorporates blasphemous ideas about his subject, questioning his true nature. Daniel's play is a critical smash and wows mesmerized audiences, but greatly disturbed church officials order the labor of love dismantled. Real life begins imitating biblical events as the actors become cast-outs and Daniel smashes up an audition in which the actress portraying his Mary Magdalene (Catherine Wilkening) is asked to disrobe by a prurient producer.more
Rating: R
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
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Written By: Denys Arcand
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On DVD: Feb 3, 2004
Orion Classics

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Critic Reviews for Jésus de Montréal (Jesus of Montreal)

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | May 17, 1989
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for Jésus de Montréal (Jesus of Montreal)

My very first of a lot of things. My first indie. My first foray into Quebecois film. My first look at a Denys Arcand film..and the first time seeing the multitalented Robert Lepage. There is not surprise that many of the alumni of this production went on to succesful careers. It is a great film.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

The movie has some good points: that consumerism, materialism, are hedonism are empty lifestyles. Pop culture... (wealth, sex, the media) is worshipped like a god. The major problem with this movie is the portrayal of Christ. He is the Son of God... the Savior of the world. He was portrayed in this movie as just another man.

Dannielle Albert

Super Reviewer

I liked the first half of this, but by the end it was just too much, and getting too obvious. The clever, calling-of-the-disciples allusion is my favorite, and the play itself is rather absorbing.

Joey Nevarez

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Jésus de Montréal (Jesus of Montreal) Quotes

Daniel Coloumbe: Life's hard to bear, huh? People aren't happy. That's why. It's the reason. The great events, even theatre, all in search of happiness. The source of life is hidden. I was forsaken by my father.
Mireille: We're here. You're not alone.
Daniel Coloumbe: All these buildings, these great structures, not a stone will be left some day.
– Submitted by Chad E (4 years ago)

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