- Joan of Arc
- Bruno Dumont
- May 29, 2020 through
- June 4, 2020
“One of the top five films of 2019 … More than ever, Bruno Dumont’s cinema confirms its originality and wealth.”Cahiers du Cinéma
Unfailingly off-centre French filmmaker Bruno Dumont (L’Humanité, P’tit Quinquin) defies expectations once again with this polarizing and radically dissimilar sequel to his giddy electro-metal musical Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc. Picking up where that baffling 2017 curio left off, the surprisingly solemn, headbanging-free continuation finds “adult” Joan, now on the other side of several victories, upping the scale of her holy war against British occupiers. When she is captured and tried for heresy, her refusal to accept the charges precipitates a martyrdom well-memorialized in countless other biopics. But Dumont, marching to his own kooky drum, opts to recast Jeannette’s eight-year-old actress Lise Leplat Prudhomme, now ten, in the title role, despite her being the much younger of the two actresses who portrayed the child heroine in the original film. The surreal conceit, played with po-faced seriousness in a script that adheres closely to Charles Péguy’s wordy play, emphasizes just how vulnerable a 19-year-old Joan was when clergymen sentenced her to burn. French popstar Christophe (who died in April) sings the songs, this time mostly offscreen.
“Jeanne is the wiser, raspier relative to the spry and turbulent Jeannette.” Blake Williams, Cinema Scope
“Intransigently individual … There could hardly be a more extreme example of a woman’s persecution by the massed ranks of the patriarchy.” Jonathan Romney, Screen
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