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Jesus of Montreal (1989)

Jésus de Montréal (original title)
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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Wilkening ...
Johanne-Marie Tremblay ...
Robert Lepage ...
Gilles Pelletier ...
Fr. Leclerc
Richard Cardinal
Cédric Noël
Pauline Martin
Véronique Le Flaguais
Jean-Louis Millette
Monique Miller
Christine-Ann Atallah
Valérie Gagné
Claude Léveillée


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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Release Date:

25 May 1990 (USA)  »

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Jesus of Montreal  »

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$1,601,612 (USA)

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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 »


René: [as Pontius Pilate] Of what are you accused?
Daniel: [as Jesus] You know that.
René: You belong to a sect? You are another prophet, is that right?
Daniel: Is that what you say? Or are you repeating what you've heard?
René: You have spoken of a kingdom that you wish to establish.
Daniel: A kingdom which is not of this world.
René: You mean a sort of Elysium? After death? Have you not preached against Caesar, for the overturning of the Roman order?
Daniel: No.
René: So... what is it that you teach to your disciples?
Daniel: Greater love hath no man than this: ...
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Quando Corpus Morietur
from "Stabat Mater"
Written by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (as G.B. Pergolesi)
Performed by Christine-Ann Atallah and Valérie Gagn
Conducted by François Dompierre
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Vivid and memorable
28 June 1999 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

A robust, inventive parallel to the life of Christ. This film seems to display utter commitment and genuine integrity. It is moving without being sentimental, and tells its tale with rigour and without too many contrived plot developments. The performances are splendid. You don't have to be religious to appreciate this one, since it stands up in its own right, even if the parallels are ignored. Deserves to be better known.

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