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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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Excellent, thought-provoking film.
13 June 2001 | by (Seattle, Washington) – See all my reviews

During the first half of this movie I was trying to figure out if it was a not-so-subtle spoof of Christianity, or an outright sacrilege. As I got angrier and angrier at what was going on in the film, a sudden chill went down my back as I realized I was thinking just like the Catholic church sponsors in the movie, AND just like the Pharisees and Sadducees of Jesus' time. I was trying to fit Christ into my own expectations, and I was just as guilty as Jesus' opponents and killers. Tears welled up in my eyes as I realized that Jesus of Montreal was trying to depict in a very real way exactly what went on in Jesus of Nazareth's time. This is not a movie for the faint of heart. People bleed, they are naked, and they die. But just as Jesus of Montreal died for his followers and his neighbors, so did Jesus of Nazareth.


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