Jeanne La Pucelle: Les Prisons

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Jacques Rivette directed this richly detailed six-hour drama based on the story of Joan of Arc. In Part one, "Les Batailles," Jeanne the Maid (Sandrine Bonnaire) leaves her childhood home in Domremy after hearing what she is sure was the voice of God. She believes that she can help lead France to victory on the battlefield, and she persuades Charles, dauphin of France (Andre Marcon) to allow her to guide his troops. Part two, "Les Prisons," concerns the sad aftermath of Jeanne's defeat at Orleans. Jeanne is sent to prison, where in two separate trials she is tried for heresy and impersonating a man, with both her life and the sanctity of her mortal body at stake. A four-hour version, with each of the two parts trimmed down to two hours, is also available.


Sandrine Bonnaire
as Joan of Arc
Didier Sauvegrain
as Raoul de Gaucourt
André Marcon
as Charles, dauphin of France
Jean-Pierre Lorit
as Jean d'Alencon
Jean-Louis Richard
as La Tremoille
Jean-Pierre Becker
as Jean d'Aulon
Marcel Bozonnet
as Regnault de Chartres
Mathieu Busson
as Louis de Coutes
Edith Scob
as Jeanne de Bethune
Claire Bacot
as Charlotte
Martine Pascal
as Yolande d'Aragon
Olivier Cruveiller
as Jean de Metz
Nathalie Richard
as Catherine de la Rochelle
Pierre Baillot
as Jacques Boucher
Wilfred Benaiche
as Mathieu Mesnage
Catherine Bidaut
as Lady Boucher
Yann Collette
as Jean de Luxembourg
Bernadette Giraud
as Catherine Le Royer
Reginald Huguenin
as Colet of Vienne
Jean-Claude Jay
as Jacques Alain
Robert Lucibello
as Seguin Seguin
Xavier Maly
as Xaintrailles
Bruno Wolkowitch
as Gilles de Laval
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Critic Reviews for Jeanne La Pucelle: Les Prisons

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

  • Trying to describe the profound effect of [the film] is akin to concretely clarifying the potency and the impact of Henry James' prose. It can't be done; you just know when you're in it and when you're with it.

    Aug 1, 2019 | Full Review…
  • An original political response to Joan's plight.

    Mar 4, 2013 | Rating: A | Full Review…
  • Stripped of much of the incident that one would expect from an expansive biopic, but still remarkably satisfying, Rivette's two-film epic finds a psychological realism that's only enhanced by his unorthodox approach.

    Oct 27, 2002 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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