Jésus de Montréal (Jesus of Montreal) Reviews
Well-acted and interesting throughout.
While an interesting premise is often not enought to carry a film, it greatly enhances the films individuality and can make it more of an experience to the viewer. However, when a great premise is supported by equaly enticing writting and acting as this film is, it seperates a good film from a great one.
Other unique elements used in this film include the spectacular set designs which are a form of art in themselves, as well as the utilization of the beautiful architecture and landmarks that define Montreal as a city.
Moreover, the camera movements are solidly excecuted and the cinamatography compliments the setting and story very concretely.
A diverse blend of comedy and satire mixed with moments of profound social commentary and realistic character arks only adds to the well roundedness of this film, especially in an era when film was struggling to maintain consistency in quality and inovation.
A wonderful art film and certainly one of the finest French Canadian films I've seen to date, highly enjoyable and highly recomended for all audiences.
[b]Jesus of Montreal[/b], directed by Denys Arcand, is the story of a young actor hired by a local church to do a modern day reenactment of the Passion Play. When his work incorporates blasphemous ideas, church officials become disturbed. This is a fascinating, seldom seen film worth checking out.
[b]Roger & Me [/b]is the acclaimed Michael Moore documentary that chronicles the decline of Flint, Michigan, once the site of a thriving General Motors plant.
[b]Children of a Lesser God[/b], directed by Randa Haines, is the story about a speech teacher James Leeds (William Hurt), who teaches at a school for the deaf. He is an unconventional teacher who incorporates things like rock music so students can feel the vibrations. Soon Leeds meets a beautiful young janitor Sarah (Marlee Matlin) who is a deaf former student. She is withdrawn and not particularly interested in Leeds. Eventually the two do fall in love and have to develop new ways to communicate. It's an interesting film and the romance is plausible although it does become overly emotional and sentimental at times. Marlee Matlin won an Oscar for her role.
[b]Willow[/b], directed by Ron Howard, is a medieval adventure starring Val Kilmer. The film has excellent cinematography and then state of the art computer effects, but ultimately it's a predictable and uninteresting tale.
It didn't help that we watched a dubbed version. One unintentional laugh came when the film featured voice actors overdubbing porno, only to be overdubbed themselves from the original French into English. Double overdubs. Ouch.
Film discussion isn't exciting us these days, and 12 Angry Men is starting, so cya.