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Life of Jesus (Version française) [Import]
In a dreary small town in the north of France, the local teenagers go around in circles. Twenty-year-old Freddy (David Douche) might be called a skinhead, but that suggests some passion or political direction, and Freddy has none. A mean-faced, rudely simple young man, Freddy is aimless and indifferent, and his relationship with his girlfriend Marie (Marjorie Cottreel) seems to be entirely about mechanical sex. Things turn violent when an Arab boy flirts with Marie, and Freddy explodes in vengeance. Life of Jesus director Bruno Dumont means to disturb, and he succeeds almost too well; the misery of this world, rendered in detached glimpses, is relentlessly bleak. Clearly influenced by the great French director Robert Bresson, Dumont does have a purpose, and the enigmatic title hints at it: if we can find a divine spark in the brutish Freddy, then charity can exist anywhere. Among the startling elements in this film are a few moments of unfaked sexual explicitness, reportedly achieved by use of body doubles. But for sheer shock value, sexual frankness pales next to the vacant, voided lives laid bare in this grim picture; that's the real obscenity. --Robert Horton
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The DVD has a feature (NOT a part of the movie) that tells about the so-called "patron saints." It says that these "patron saints" are "over" certain areas of life, such as carpentry or health or whatever, and that these physically dead "patron saints" help us when we pray to them. This is NOT biblical. We are to pray to GOD and no one else. At least this is not part of the movie and you don't have to subject your kids to it.
The movie itself was great!
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If you enjoy watching movies about Jesus,his time on earth,and the lessons and love he shares with us. Give this movie a try! If more people understood and followed what Jesus taught (in this movie), there would be less hatred in this world.
Noone can compare to Jesus's life and work that he has done. And whether or not you believe in Jesus.It is awesome watching one figure live and die for the sins of the world.Completely blameless of any unrighteous act.This movie will definetely make you think!
This film never starts sermonising or getting didactic, instead it allows the audience to draw its own conclusions without the usual sensationalism you'd expect from a film that deals with bigotry and intolerance in a small provincial community.
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