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Directed by Bruno Dumont

France 1997 96 mins. In French

Since his 1997 debut with The Life of Jesus, Bruno Dumont has become one of European cinema’s most unsettling and provocative auteurs, but his films also display a profound empathy for their characters, which are often played by non-actors culled from Dumont’s home region in the north of France. Dumont burst onto the scene with this film, premiering at the Cannes Film Festival and garnering the Camera d’Or award for best first feature. In out-of-the-way, small-town north of France, teenager Freddy (David Douche) and his friends spends their days wastefully, roaming the countryside looking for trouble. Freddy, an epileptic, dates Marie (Marjorie Cottreel), but other than their strangely intense lovemaking and Freddy’s periodic seizures, boredom rules their lives and their futures lack the promise offered by Europe’s metropolises. Kader (Kader Chaatouf), a new arrival to town who happens to be of Arab descent, immediately shows intense and persistent interest in Marie, leading the two young men, not yet adults, down a potentially tragic path. Shot in stunning Cinemascope widescreen and featuring assured performances from its entirely non-actor cast, The Life of Jesus remains shockingly relevant today. “Luminous and disconcerting.”—Variety.  Imported 35mm print!

Genres: Drama

Appears in: 2017 on Celluloid



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