Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc (Jeannette l'enfance de Jeanne d'Arc) (2018)

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Critic Consensus: Its unusual approach may not pay off quite as consistently as one might hope, but the boldly anachronistic Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc is definitely a biopic like no other.

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France, 1425. In the midst of the Hundred Years' War, the young Jeannette, at the still tender age of 8, looks after her sheep in the small village of Domremy. One day, she tells her friend Hauviette how she cannot bear to see the suffering caused by the English. Madame Gervaise, a nun, tries to reason with the young girl, but Jeannette is ready to take up arms for the salvation of souls and the liberation of the Kingdom of France. Carried by her faith, she will become Joan of Arc.

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The biggest problem with "Jeannette," beyond what some may consider the blasphemous elements, is that Dumont limits his story to the less compelling parts of Joan's life - before she took on the British occupiers.

Aug 8, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

"Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc" is very likely the first medieval heavy-metal musical ever to grace the silver screen. Sadly, it's not quite as fun as that sounds.

May 10, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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A challenging arthouse drama that has a slippery sense of humor and a whole lot of chutzpah.

Apr 13, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

"Jeannette" throws the modern back at the medieval, making no distinction between religious ecstasy and that experienced in certain contemporary contexts of music and ritual.

Apr 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Dumont's early work suggested a director who wanted to be the heir to Robert Bresson and the aforementioned Dreyer, titans of formal discipline and transcendent doubt. Now he wants to be Andy Kaufman.

Apr 10, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Jeannette succeeds in its earnestness, adapting its words from Charles Peguy's works, but countering it with the pure, joyous silliness of its presentation.

Apr 10, 2018 | Full Review…

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