Life of Jesus (1997) - Rotten Tomatoes

Life of Jesus (1997)

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The angst suffered by low-income adolescents living in a tiny country town where fun comes from marching in the town band and holding contests to see whose pet finch can chirp the loudest every Sunday afternoon provides the basis for this raw, slow-paced drama.

Cast

Mme Chaatouf
as Kader's Mother
M Chaatouf
as Kader's Father
Daniel Tanchon
as Gege's Father
Gerard Wallyn
as Majorette's Father
Melinda Deseure
as Majorettes' Leader
Jean-Paul Potteuw
as Harmonies' Leader
Bernard Fillebeen
as Michou's Father
Francis Desure
as Policeman with Freddy
Alain Lenancker
as Policeman with Freddy
Helene Blaevoet
as Marie's Colleague
Marie-Josee van Overbeke
as Quinquin's Mother
Nadir Ghilmoinou
as Kader's Friend
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Critic Reviews for Life of Jesus

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

A harrowing vision of volatile youth bored to death.

Full Review… | May 4, 2005
Lessons of Darkness

Nothing happens.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Only the most patient art-house audiences will appreciate Dumont's occasional cinematic grace which transcends the grim proceedings.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Life of Jesus

Freddy & his friends are all unemployed. They try to pass away the time by wandering around on their motorcycles & by directing their aggressive feelings towards Arabic immigrants. Freddy is in love with Marie, a cashier at a local supermarket. When she is mad at Freddy & starts dating Kader, an young Arab man, Freddy & his friends have an idea: they decide to punish Kader for what they call "such a provocation." After they have raped another girl, Marie finally commits to Kader, which seals his fate. Freddy & Marie (played by David Douche & Marjorie Cottreel) are two teenagers with their futures uncertain & their present undefined. They ride motorbikes, they have sex — communication like any other sort. But in their hometown of Bailleul in Flanders, where news from the world-at-large disappears just as quickly as it drifts in, death proves to be inescapable & decidedly permanent. As the film’s powerful climax unfolds, the viewer will come away with his or her own interpretation of how the life of Christ has figured into the story of Freddy & Marie — a contemplation on mercy. This is probably the most interesting film I've ever seen about boredom. It has much in common with some of the films of Bresson, presenting an environment of extreme emptiness, all the while finding its own rhythm & fee. It is beautifully filmed with great vistas of the Bailleul Flanders area. (Where a lot of the French painters painted) It’s a slow story not much happens but I found it very interesting & it kept me interested. Freddy is a strange guy with his epilepsy & liking for brutal sex which does nothing for the needs of his girlfriend. He has great tenderness for his finch but a hatred of Arabs. Mom does not go far enough in making him work. It is such an interesting film I am sure I will watch his others soon. It is hard to believe that this is the debut feature film of Dumont. Dumont included extreme close-ups of penetration to emphasize the animal nature of the sex act. 5 stars

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dfw foreignbuff

Freddy & his friends are all unemployed. They try to pass away the time by wandering around on their motorcycles & by directing their aggressive feelings towards Arabic immigrants. Freddy is in love with Marie, a cashier at a local supermarket. When she is mad at Freddy & starts dating Kader, an young Arab man, Freddy & his friends have an idea: they decide to punish Kader for what they call "such a provocation." After they have raped another girl, Marie finally commits to Kader, which seals his fate. Freddy & Marie (played by David Douche & Marjorie Cottreel) are two teenagers with their futures uncertain & their present undefined. They ride motorbikes, they have sex - communication like any other sort. But in their hometown of Bailleul in Flanders, where news from the world-at-large disappears just as quickly as it drifts in, death proves to be inescapablea & decidedly permanent. As the film's powerful climax unfolds, the viewer will come away with his or her own interpretation of how the life of Christ has figured into the story of Freddy & Marie - a contemplation on mercy. This is probably the most interesting film I've ever seen about boredom. It has much in common with some of the films of Bresson, presenting an environment of extreme emptiness, all the while finding its own rhythm & fee. It is beautifully filmed with great vistas of the Bailleul Flanders area. (Where a lot of the French painters painted) It's a slow story not much happens but I found it very interesting & it kept me interested. Freddy is a strange guy with his epilepsy & liking for brutal sex which does nothing for the needs of his girlfriend. He has great tenderness for his finch but a hatred of Arabs. Mom does not go far enough in making him work. It is such an interesting film I am sure I will watch his others soon. It is hard to believe that this is the debut feature film of Dumont. Dumont included extreme close-ups of penetration to emphasize the animal nature of the sex act. 5 stars

ld pierce
ld pierce
½

Not really sure what to say except that I liked it quite a lot.

Brandon Klaus
Brandon Klaus

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