Jean Gentil

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Jean Gentil narrates the struggles - both material and philosophical - of an educated, deeply religious Haitian immigrant as he travels throughout the Dominican Republic, in search of work as well as a deeper meaning. Centering on the remarkable figure of Jean Remy Genty, playing a role closely modeled on his own life, the film traces his path from the city of Santo Domingo into the countryside, as this former French teacher is forced to find any possible means of subsistence. Though possessed of a profound dignity and stoicism, he is nevertheless severely tested by discrimination, exploitation, loneliness, and despair. Husband-and-wife filmmakers Guzmán and Cárdenas, along with the deeply compelling Genty, have created a remarkable portrait of a man struggling to survive, not only financially but spiritually, in a harsh world. -- (C) Official Site


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  • A mesmerizing, beautiful drama, "Jean Gentil" is the rare film that teaches one to see.

    Apr 26, 2012 | Rating: 4/4
  • The filmmakers have no patience for details, either basic or telling. Their elliptical method starts to seem lazy, and Jean's plight, a journey from bad to bad, starts to seem a stacked deck.

    Apr 19, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Genuinely transcendent.

    Apr 17, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    David Fear

    Time Out
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  • Keeps an unsentimental distance from its titular saint-savant and the existential crisis he endures.

    Apr 17, 2012 | Full Review…
  • Filmmakers Laura Amelia Guzmán and Israel Cárdenas have crafted a beautiful tale of alienation, solitude, and existential anxiety.

    Apr 21, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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