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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)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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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Monotonal and one-dimensional.
6 February 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

In Bruno Dumont's 'La vie de Jésus', we are given a portrait of Freddy, a twenty year old epileptic, and his lifeless existence.

This film successfully manages to lull the viewer into the same anaemic and insipid 'ennui' that Freddy, the central protagonist, finds himself. In the reliance upon a monotonal landscape to produce the only reflection of the character's being, this film is as one-dimensional as the characters themselves. We see countless, seeemingly never-ending, shots of Freddy weaving his way through, and into the countryside on his scooter. We see him march through the countryside with an army band. We see Freddy repeat recordings of bird song to is budgie, then cross off the number of calls in a competition. We see the TV in the deserted local café as the only form of diversion. We are given a graphic depiction of Freddy having sex in an open field with his girlfriend. Freddy is depicted as a mere animal, who will later prey upon an arab who tries to pursue his prised girlfriend's affection.

Ultimately this film fails to make an impact, as it only succeeds in doing one thing; demonstrate how man can be nothing but beast.


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