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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 ... Radio Host
Véronique Le Flaguais ... TV Host
Jean-Louis Millette ... TV Host
Monique Miller ... Agent
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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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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: Remember my premonition? Doing tragedy is dangerous.
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Appalaches
Composed by Jean-Marie Benoît
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Finding faith in the most unusual places
8 January 2004 | by cprincipeSee all my reviews

Jesus of Montreal is an engaging movie detailing some historical facts about the life of Jesus Christ while also discussing the nature of faith in 20th century Montreal.

Every year a Passion Play, detailing the final days of Jesus Christ, is staged at St.Joseph's Oratory, a cathedral and shrine on Mount Royal in Montreal, Canada. The play is a relic, and full of melodrama and dialogue more appropriate to the 19th century rather than the 20th. The priest in charge of the play, Father LeClerc (Gilles Pelletier), finds Daniel, a young actor (Lothaire Bluteau), to play the part of Jesus and puts him in charge of finding a cast to play the other roles. Daniel gathers together some of his acting friends to stage the play, and decides to present an update of the play with revised dialogue and incorporating much more historical information about life in the time of Christ.

Daniel starts the movie as a cosmopolitan young man, but as the film progresses, the challenges he faces in his life and in the staging of the play provide parallels to the life of Christ.

The movie discusses some deep themes of faith, the life of Christ, existentialism, the waning role of religion in French-Canadian society, and the good and bad of the entertainment industry. Definitely meaty stuff, and I believe well realized by Arcand and his cast.


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