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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.

Director:

Denys Arcand

Writer:

Denys Arcand
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lothaire Bluteau ... Daniel
Catherine Wilkening ... Mireille
Johanne-Marie Tremblay Johanne-Marie Tremblay ... Constance
Rémy Girard ... Martin
Robert Lepage ... René
Gilles Pelletier ... Fr. Leclerc
Yves Jacques ... Richard Cardinal
Cédric Noël ... Pascal Berger
Pauline Martin
Véronique Le Flaguais
Jean-Louis Millette
Monique Miller
Christine-Ann Atallah Christine-Ann Atallah
Valérie Gagné Valérie Gagné
Claude Léveillée
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Storyline

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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Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada | France

Language:

French | English | Italian

Release Date:

25 May 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jesus of Montreal See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,388, 27 May 1990

Gross USA:

$1,601,612

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,601,612
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Daniel coaches the players at the first rehearsal, he tells them " Beget a temperance". Rene continues "..in the whirlwind of passion". They are quoting from Hamlet Act 2 Sc 2, when Hamlet instructs the players on how to perform the upcoming play-within-a-play. Earlier, Rene had asked Daniel if he could deliver Hamlet's "To be or not to be" soliloquy in the production. (He did). See more »

Goofs

Around 1:46:21. Boom mic enters the shot twice above Constance when she's talking to the ambulance paramedic at the hospital. See more »

Quotes

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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Referenced in The Barbarian Invasions (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

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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To thine own self be true...
8 January 2001 | by bluedragoncafeSee all my reviews

Daniel Coulombe is recruited by Father LeClerc to jazz up the traditional Passion play (a dramatic representation of the events leading to the passion and Crucifixion of Jesus) staged in Montreal's Catholic Sanctuary. Coulombe, in turn, gathers a group of actors/apostles, ranging from unemployed actor Remy (now overdubbing dialogue on porn movies) to ambitious commercial actress Mireille. Together, they workshop a controversial and moving Passion play which leaves audiences awestruck and the priests reeling, as the production challenges the dogma and hipocrisy of the Catholic church.

Director Denys Arcand weaves a remarkably deep tale which comments on commercialism, selling out, spirituality, theological scholarship, fidelity, loyalty and more- but in a manner that is relatively subtle and humorous, so the film never feels didactic. The somewhat magical effects of the theatre come across beautifully; in fact, "Jesus Of Montreal" is a must for anyone involved with the Theatre. For those interested in film trivia, you'll notice that there are veiled biblical/mythical references throughout the film, (Magdalen lobster, the Lawyer as Satan, The Charon restaurant), and that the director appears as a judge when Daniel is on trial. The story itself is well constructed, and its somber denouement drives home the suggestion that resistance and a revolutionary viewpoint are liable to bring ill fortune...

You don't have to be Catholic- or even 'religious' - to enjoy "Jesus Of Montreal": this is a film for anyone who has ever contemplated the difference between spirituality and religion, or who has had to make a decision between doing what the system demanded and doing what they believe is the honest thing to do.


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