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Jesus of Montreal (1989)
"Jésus de Montréal" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama  |  25 May 1990 (USA)
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A group of actors put on an unorthodox, but acclaimed Passion Play which incites the opposition of the Catholic Church while the actors' lives themselves begin to mirror the Passion itself.

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Johanne-Marie Tremblay ...
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Robert Lepage ...
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Fr. Leclerc
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Richard Cardinal
Cédric Noël
Pauline Martin
Véronique Le Flaguais
Jean-Louis Millette
Monique Miller
Christine-Ann Atallah
Valérie Gagné
Claude Léveillée
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A group of actors putting on an interpretive Passion Play in Montreal begin to experience a meshing of their characters and their private lives as the production takes form against the growing opposition of the Catholic church. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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CAD 1,800,000 (Canada)
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The play in the opening scene appears to be a dramatization of the novel 'The Brothers Karamazov'. Smerdyakov tells Ivan Karamazov that he has murdered Fyodor, inspired by the philosophy he learned from Karamazov. Smerdyakov's suicide monologue is adapted from the diaries of the monk, Father Zossima. See more »

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Court Psychologist: Having to act in a passion play on the mountain... don't you ever feel this is ridiculous?
Daniel: No. The subject is great, though not very original.
Court Psychologist: Sure. But this part for an actor is somewhat flimsy, wouldn't you say?
Daniel: I don't know. The part of Jesus is not what I would call flimsy work.
Court Psychologist: You did come up with the private conservatory. Wouldn't you like to have a bright career and play the major theatres?
Daniel: I was away awhile. Seems normal to start at the bottom of the ladder.
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Pro-Montreal
10 December 2004 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This film was utterly astonishing. It was one of the most beautiful films I have ever seen. Every word, every action and every track of music that was played was completely appropriate. It really gave me, and I'm sure, all of it's other audiences, something worth thinking about regarding modern religion's morals and even hypocrisy. The film,to me, was like three revolutionary religious ideas in one. First, there was the actual Passion story that caused a stir in it's time, secondly the much disputed portrayal of the Passion performed by the actors, which is what the film basically revolves around, as well as the actual film itself. All three stories, incredibly similar in their own way, are not against religion but simply point out the irrationalities and stupidity of organized religion of the past and of the present. It was a truly wonderful film, and I recommend it to all who are willing to sit down for a couple of hours and be completely absorbed in a very intense yet delicately put together film. The film was one of the most clever I have ever seen.


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