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Jesus of Montreal [DVD]

Actors: Lothaire Bluteau,Catherine Wilkening,Johanne-Marie Tremblay,Remy Girard,Robert Lepage
Directors: Denys Arcand
Publisher: Koch Lorber Films (2004-11-09)

ISBN: 1417200723
GTIN: 741952304296
(as of 9/18/2016 9:29 AM EST - details)

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  • When attendance at a church's annual Passion Play flags, a troupe of young actors is hired to stage a newer interpretation of the teachings of Jesus. While their newer, more modern version brings the house down, it also brings down the condemnation of church hierarchy, creating a strange parallel between the actors--now persecuted believers--and the authorities. But the actor, who is beginning

Region: 1
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: R (Restricted)
Run Time: 120 minutes
PartNumber: KLF-DV3042
What happens to the people putting on a Passion Play? Someday Mel Gibson may tell us, but Denys Arcand's Jesus of Montreal proposes an engaging possibility. In hip present-day Montreal, a group of actors stages the Passion in an outdoor, somewhat avant-garde style, led by the quietly charismatic and increasingly uncanny young man (Lothaire Bluteau, Black Robe) playing Christ. His identification with the role, and the way it bleeds into real life, gives director Denys Arcand plenty of opportunities for social comment--some of it spot-on, some of it a little facile. But the fragile Bluteau is such a fascinating lead presence (the other actors are familiar from Arcand's Barbarian Invasions and Decline of the American Empire) that the movie's spell lasts long after it's over. Turns out the French-Canadian approach to the Passion can be just as intriguing as the original Aramaic. --Robert Horton

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