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The Brand New Testament (Le tout nouveau testament) (2016)

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Critic Consensus: The Brand New Testament takes a surreal, subversive, and funny look at Biblical themes through a modern -- and refreshingly original -- lens.

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God exists, and He's a jerk. He lives in a high-rise apartment in Brussels and never gets out of His pajamas. He takes sadistic delight in dreaming up new "laws" to torment humanity and He's a petty tyrant to His wife and ten year-old daughter, Ea. Like her brother before her, Ea has had enough of her Father's abuse and when she spies the right opportunity, she hacks into His computer and leaks to the entire world-by text message-the only thing He has over them: their inevitable death date. Ea, after escaping and with her Father in pursuit, gathers apostles and writes her own New Testament to try to fix the mess her Father has made of humanity. Her six apostles -a one-armed woman, a sex maniac, a killer, a woman who has been left by her husband, an office worker, and a gender dysphoric child-learn to celebrate life and love, and provide us with Jaco Van Dormael's dark, witty and eccentric answer to the loaded question: what would you do if you knew exactly how much time you had left to live?

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Cast

Yolande Moreau
as God's wife
Didier De Neck
as Jean-Claude
David Murgia
as Jesus Christ
Bilal Aya
as Philippe
Johan Leysen
as Le mari de Martine
Anna Tenta
as Xenia, l'Allemande
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Critic Reviews for The Brand New Testament (Le tout nouveau testament)

All Critics (72) | Top Critics (13)

An irreverent but otherwise harmless ontological satire that puts a cartoonish spin on the Christian origin story.

December 27, 2016 | Full Review…

Irresistibly laugh-out-loud and feel-good.

December 27, 2016 | Full Review…

A lighthearted/darkhearted romp through modern misery, frontloaded with imagination and light on the finish.

December 15, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It's a freewheeling, live-action satire that could well have been animated, a quality (among others) that it shares with Terry Gilliam's features.

December 15, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Morbid comedy? Meditation on happiness? Theological allegory wrapped inside a silly joke? Maybe a little of all three.

December 15, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

This theological farce turns biblical tables and upsets expectations with results as yummy as Belgian waffles.

December 15, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Brand New Testament (Le tout nouveau testament)

Thoroughly enjoyed this lighthearted romp through Christian myth as the forgotten daughter of God gets fed up with Papa's controlling ways and decides a little rebellion is in order. No great messages or sermons here, only a smile for you on your way. Also, a welcome surprise visit by Lady Catherine Denueve!

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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I hate Poelvoorde and it is a torture to endure him in this complete failure that doesn't work as a comedy (it is simply not funny) nor as the clever, insightful parable that it (wrongly) believes to be, being instead dull, empty and pointless, while suffering from serious tonal problems.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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