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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 18 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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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

Gross USA:

$1,601,612
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

More instances that mirror the life of Christ as recorded in the Gospels: - Daniel recruits actors to work with him similar to the way Jesus recruited his disciples. The first, Constance, is found working charitably in a soup kitchen, and Daniel says simply, "I came for you." - The judge (like Pilate) sends Daniel to a second-opinion person (the psychologist is like Herod) who finds nothing wrong with him and sends him back to the judge/Pilate. - Daniel's organs enabled a blind person to see and saved a man's life with his transplanted heart, similar to Jesus's miracles. 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

Producer: ...your average beer drinker has the IQ of a performing dog; 10 points less and he'd be a geranium.
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Soundtracks

Inflammatus et Accensus
Pergolesi - Stabat Mater
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A beautiful film about the meaning of spirituality

"Jesus of Montreal" is a beautiful film about the real meaning of spirituality. Pitted against the inflexibility of religious institutions, Daniel (played wonderfully by Lothaire Bluteau) shows his rag-tag disciples the real meaning behind the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. The story-within-the-story works well. Director Denys Arcand subtly begins to blend the story of the biblical Jesus with the day-to-day lives of a group of actors performing in a play about the last days of Jesus. The turning over of the tables in the Temple, the temptation of Jesus overlooking the city of Jerusalem, being abandoned by the male disciples, and many other tales of Jesus find their parallel in the lives of Daniel and his friends. The resurrection scene at the end of the film is a particularly moving overlapping of the two stories. In the hands of a lesser writer/director, this could have all been really trite. Instead, the film becomes in the truest sense of the term a parable in which we see how great truths from a great teacher really do apply in our own lives. Every performance is pitch perfect, the pace is just right, and the message is, as always, what we all need to remember: Real happiness lies not in what we have but in what we give. A ten out of ten film.


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