Jésus de Montréal (Jesus of Montreal) (1989)

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A modern-day Passion Play becomes a reenactment of the life and death of Jesus Christ in more ways than one with this critically acclaimed drama from Quebec filmmaker Denys Arcand. Lothaire Bluteau stars as Daniel Coloumbe, an intense young actor in Montreal who is hired by church fathers to restage and update the city's annual Passion Play, which over the course of the past 40 years has begun to seem hidebound. Daniel hires a group of struggling young actors that become devoted to him and his creative vision as he devises an extremely avant-garde production that takes Christ's rebellious teachings literally. Revolving around set pieces reflecting passages from Christ's life rather than a traditional re-creation of events, Daniel's revisionist work also incorporates blasphemous ideas about his subject, questioning his true nature. Daniel's play is a critical smash and wows mesmerized audiences, but greatly disturbed church officials order the labor of love dismantled. Real life begins imitating biblical events as the actors become cast-outs and Daniel smashes up an audition in which the actress portraying his Mary Magdalene (Catherine Wilkening) is asked to disrobe by a prurient producer.
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Art House & International , Drama
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Critic Reviews for Jésus de Montréal (Jesus of Montreal)

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (3)

Denys Arcand made this original movie, in which life imitates art, at the peak of his career, right after Decline of the American Empire.

Full Review… | June 13, 2011
EmanuelLevy.Com

Bluteau has taken his Daniel too seriously, Daniel has taken his Jesus too seriously, and Arcand’s resolute detachment brings the whole conception down.

November 3, 2004
Filmcritic.com

Inventive, witty, illuminating: about a contemporary staging of the Passion play, the institutional church's reverence for the status quo, & the false gods of secularism.

Full Review… | August 31, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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A beautiful, moving, flawed picture that too often refuses to find its own center.

Full Review… | January 25, 2006
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November 6, 2005
ColeSmithey.com

Audience Reviews for Jésus de Montréal (Jesus of Montreal)

My very first of a lot of things. My first indie. My first foray into Quebecois film. My first look at a Denys Arcand film..and the first time seeing the multitalented Robert Lepage. There is not surprise that many of the alumni of this production went on to succesful careers. It is a great film.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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Underrated film. Great allegory.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

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The movie has some good points: that consumerism, materialism, are hedonism are empty lifestyles. Pop culture... (wealth, sex, the media) is worshipped like a god. The major problem with this movie is the portrayal of Christ. He is the Son of God... the Savior of the world. He was portrayed in this movie as just another man.

Dannielle Albert
Dannielle Albert

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