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The Life of Jesus (1997)
"La vie de Jésus" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  4 June 1997 (France)
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A social movie about life nowadays in the north of France. Freddy and his friends are all unemployed. They try to pass away the time by wandering around on their motorcycles and by ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
David Douche ...
Freddy
Marjorie Cottreel ...
Marie
Kader Chaatouf ...
Kader
Sébastien Delbaere ...
Gégé
Samuel Boidin ...
Michou
Steve Smagghe ...
Robert
Sébastien Bailleul ...
Quinquin
Geneviève Cottreel ...
Freddy's mother (Yvette)
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Suzanne Berteloot ...
Infirmière (as Suzanne Bertelot)
Jeanne ...
Freddy's mother (Double for nude scenes)
Sophie Ruckebusch ...
Majorette
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A social movie about life nowadays in the north of France. Freddy and his friends are all unemployed. They try to pass away the time by wandering around on their motorcycles and by directing their aggressive feelings towards Arabic immigrants. Freddy is in love with Marie, a cashier at a local supermarket. When she is proposed by Kader, an young Arab man, Freddy and his friends have an idea: they decide to punish Kader for what they call "such a provocation." After they have raped another girl, Marie finally commits to Kader, which seals his fate. Written by Philippe Petit <Philippe.Petit@pobox.com>

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Very good film, with the emphasis on very.
10 March 1999 | by (Amsterdam) – See all my reviews

This movie was one of my first contacts with french cinema. Later I saw a bunch more, but this one stays one of the best. It gives a somewhat scary insight in the rural parts of France. It shows a group of young boys that have definitely suffered from heavy inbreed. They are miserable machos wih an attitude. It shows a young generation with few hopes but the cheap thrills and the fast kicks. The tone of the story could be compared with 'Gummo'. The style of the movie is obviously not comparable with Gummo, since nothing is comparable in style with Gummo. But, returning to la vie de jesus, It is a beautiful movie wich leaves you with a strangely uncomfortable feeling. If you have the chance, go see it. The only thing that I really can't place it the very explicit shot somewhere in the middle of the movie.


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