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Jésus-Christ / Jésus le gitan
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Odona
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Simon Choulel
Marie-Sophie L. ...
Marie
Patrick Chesnais ...
Pierre Lhermitte
Paul Préboist ...
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Constantin Alexandrov ...
Kraki
Denis Charvet
Amina Annabi ...
La soeur de Jésus
Jean-Michel Dupuis ...
Le professeur
Patrick Edlinger ...
Himself
Pablo Gilabert
Tara Gano ...
La mère de Jésus
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Jesus is a French gypsy who might have become a bull fighter had he not been framed on a drug charge and sent to prison. Odona is a con artist pursued and protected by a Paris policeman. Marie, who knew Jesus as a girl, loses her job when she teaches reincarnation and lets her young students kiss honey bees. All experience love, all suffer losses, and all seek peace. Throughout, Jesus's colorful gypsy family provides dance and music, mystery and celebration. As part of the reincarnation theme, the main characters appear in flashbacks set during the time of Christ and the persecution of early Christians. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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2000 ans de galere pour une seconde d'eternite.


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Lelouch classic
20 August 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

It is clear that most viewers will be extremely disturbed by the pace of the film...

Describing two plots (one in antiquity, one now) and using the same actors, and a series of flashbacks to get his point across, Claude Lelouch uses his traditional style in a confusing manner which will make the film beyond the understanding of many.

3h20 minutes later, the mystery is solved, fully, and it is plain that he was in control all the time... not like other directors who can't make a clean film with a linear time line.

From the gorgeous Marie-Sophie L., Beatrice Dalle, Vincent Lindon, the cast, although familiar faces in Lelouch's films, all show their talent. Even late Paul Preboist, usually too strong in his approach, delivers a beautiful performance.

Music is in perfect harmony with the images, inclusing Brel, gypsy music, bullfight themes perfectly and flawlessly.

If you only heard about Lelouch but never saw any of his films, "Ladies and Gentlemen" would be a better first film than this one as this one is possibly very confusing... but a masterpiece nonetheless.


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