JESUS OF MONTREAL: DVD
In Montreal, a young actor, Daniel (Lothaire Bluteau) is given the job of directing and taking the lead role in the Passion Play. He rewrites the script, casts good actors, and becomes the surprise toast of the town. But gradually, Daniel begins to take on the characteristics of the role he is playing.
Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Denys Arcand's marvellous drama about a group of actors in conflict with the local church over their passion play, Jesus of Montreal boasts an exceptional performance from Lothaire Bluteau. Over 300,000 Australians saw the film in cinemas when it was released here in 1992 and we also remember Bluteau in the title role as the 17th century Jesuit priest in Bruce Beresford's marvellous adaptation of Black Robe, shot in wintry north Canada. That was his next film after Jesus of Montreal, which is a coincidence of galactic proportions.
I had the good fortune to meet Bluteau on location, where we talked about his work. He's a risk taking actor who is aware of the danger he can pose. "I can be terrible, because I have no technique, so it's frightening for a director," he told me. But his research is legendary: he once spent four months in an asylum preparing for a role as a retarded youngster.
Arcand takes hefty swipes at religion, the media and of course the bureaucracy, making the film as entertaining as it is thought provoking. The film won the Jury Prize at Cannes, stamping the film with cinema's ultimate approval rating. It has mine, too.
Published January 3, 2008
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JESUS OF MONTREAL: DVD (M)
CAST: Lothaire Bluteau, Catherine Wilkening, Johanne-marie Tremblay, Robert Lepage, Remy Girard
PRODUCER: Roger Frappier, Pierre Gendron, Monique Letoruneau
DIRECTOR: Denys Arcand
SCRIPT: Denys Arcand
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Guy Dufaux
EDITOR: Isabelle Dedieu
MUSIC: Jean-Marie Benoit, Francois Dompierre, Yves Laferriere
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Francois Seguin
RUNNING TIME: 120 minutes
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Madman
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