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Enough of the technicalities. And please overlook the tacky and possibly misleading DVD packaging, with copy blurbs that seem to miss the point and photos that fixate on the pretty Parisienne model to the exclusion of much else. I wholeheartedly recommend this film for anyone interested in exploring the story of Jesus. There is a lyricism and poignancy to Jesus of Montreal that is not to be found in Mel Gibson's snuff flick. Director/writer Arcand has crafted an extraordinarily skillful parallel script that not only re-presents the traditional Passion Play version of Jesus' life -- updated with challenging new assertions -- but also subtly and movingly reenacts it in modern Montreal, as the troupe of actors unwittingly find themselves walking in the footsteps of their theatrical alter-egos. This is marvelous filmmaking, and true art.Read more ›
On a lighter note, the "hot" dubbing scene early in the film is hilarious, and there are many other extremely humorous parts. The talented ensemble cast is superb, as good in the comedy as in the drama.
Perhaps this is not a film for those with strict beliefs, but if you can accept diverse views, it will move you on many different levels.
A group of local Montreal actors rewrite the 'Passion Play' with an updated interpretation. Their passionate but unorthodox production stirs controversy within the Catholic Church and the community-at-large. As the pressure mounts, whether to perform or not to perform, the personal lives of the individual cast members begin to take on the persona of the characters in the play.
This transformation is most evident in Daniel (Lothaire Bluteau) who plays the role of Jesus. As the 'Life of Christ' unfolds around and within Daniel he eventually discovers the ultimate meaning of sacrificial love.
What a wonderfully original and inventive film! They just don't get any better than this. Imaginative script, superb acting (Catherine Wilkening in the role of Mireille is stunning), evocative cinematography and ethereal soundtrack (with Lisa Gerrard from Dead Can Dance) all come together to bring this glorious modern day story of Jesus to life.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a modern day Passion Story that follows the scriptures pretty closely.Published 4 days ago by Darrell Powell
The best religious movie ever made. Watched it 5 times so far, reading the subtitles out loud for people on my couch. The music and singing and acting are all perfect. Read morePublished 13 months ago by AlchemystAZ
This is a movie that gradually involves the viewer more and more. Even for agnostics, it makes a thought-provoking, spiritual film without preaching. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Judith Zillner
cannot watch this movie on my dvd player. not set for pal. not clear on this issue when ordered.Published 15 months ago by dwaynepalmer
Set in Montreal; An old story with a new slant. This movie by Denys Arcand is still one of our favourites.Published 20 months ago by Gerry Schoberg
This cannot be played on US players, since it is PAL format. Now I have to figure out how to change the formatPublished 21 months ago by F. Scholl
Be careful selecting the right edition of your copy of a "Jesus of Montreal" DVD! Due to what I read in one of the reviews for this item, the 1989 DVD edition, I had the impression... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Charles Hayes
I saw this movie some years ago and was very moved by its message. Since then I have not met anyone else who has seen it. I bought it to share with my church study group.Published 22 months ago by B. H. Welty