Posted on 1/04/10 02:05 PM
Jesus of Montreal is a thoroughly inventive film that is built on the interesting and wholeheartedly creative premise of a group of theatre actors in Montreal trying to put together an artistic and thought provoking depiction of the crucifixion of Jesus.
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.