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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

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

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

The Judge: [reads court psychologist report] Better adjusted than most of the judges in this court.
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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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Excellent, thought-provoking film.
13 June 2001 | by LouieInSeattleSee all my reviews

During the first half of this movie I was trying to figure out if it was a not-so-subtle spoof of Christianity, or an outright sacrilege. As I got angrier and angrier at what was going on in the film, a sudden chill went down my back as I realized I was thinking just like the Catholic church sponsors in the movie, AND just like the Pharisees and Sadducees of Jesus' time. I was trying to fit Christ into my own expectations, and I was just as guilty as Jesus' opponents and killers. Tears welled up in my eyes as I realized that Jesus of Montreal was trying to depict in a very real way exactly what went on in Jesus of Nazareth's time. This is not a movie for the faint of heart. People bleed, they are naked, and they die. But just as Jesus of Montreal died for his followers and his neighbors, so did Jesus of Nazareth.


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