The Book of Life


The Book of Life (1998)



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Hal Hartley directed this French comedy about the Second Coming of Christ. While a gambler and a waitress talk with Satan in a hotel bar, Jesus arrives at JFK airport with Magdalena. Jesus has been sent down to end the world by breaking the Seven Seals on a computer disk.

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Critic Reviews for The Book of Life

All Critics (9)

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

Aug 29, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

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

Apr 7, 2004 | Full Review…

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

Mar 5, 2002 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Book of Life

The Book of Life has promise but it doesn't have the full punch of Hartley's other work. An interesting existential film nonetheless.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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Interesting low budget existential drama.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

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