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Jean Gentil (2012)




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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
Art House & International , Drama
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Critic Reviews for Jean Gentil

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (4)

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

April 26, 2012
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 19, 2012
New York Times
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Genuinely transcendent.

Full Review… | April 17, 2012
Time Out
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Keeps an unsentimental distance from its titular saint-savant and the existential crisis he endures.

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

Full Review… | April 21, 2012
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Jean Gentil


Can we get a little story here? A few weeks (days? months? years?) in the life of a man who becomes jobless and homeless and sets out from the city down jungle roads in search of both employment and a home and life. He meets and interacts with some people. They are kind to him. He does a little work along the way. He has (apparently persistent?) headaches and asks God to relieve them. God does, though perhaps not in the hoped for way. Little effort is made to form the scenes into a story.

Michael Harbour
Michael Harbour

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