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La belle histoire (1992)

Jesus is a French gypsy who might have become a bull fighter had he not been framed on a drug charge and sent to prison. Odona is a con artist pursued and protected by a Paris policeman. ... See full summary »

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Claude Lelouch

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Claude Lelouch, Claude Lelouch (dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gérard Lanvin ... Jésus-Christ / Jésus le gitan
Béatrice Dalle ... Odona
Vincent Lindon ... Simon Choulel
Marie-Sophie L. Marie-Sophie L. ... Marie
Patrick Chesnais ... Pierre Lhermitte
Jacques Gamblin
Paul Préboist ... Le professeur tricot
Élie Chouraqui ... Associé de Pierre
Constantin Alexandrov Constantin Alexandrov ... Kraki
Denis Charvet Denis Charvet
Amina Annabi ... La soeur de Jésus
Jean-Michel Dupuis Jean-Michel Dupuis ... Le professeur
Patrick Edlinger Patrick Edlinger ... Himself
Pablo Gilabert Pablo Gilabert
Tara Gano Tara Gano ... La mère de Jésus
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Storyline

Jesus is a French gypsy who might have become a bull fighter had he not been framed on a drug charge and sent to prison. Odona is a con artist pursued and protected by a Paris policeman. Marie, who knew Jesus as a girl, loses her job when she teaches reincarnation and lets her young students kiss honey bees. All experience love, all suffer losses, and all seek peace. Throughout, Jesus's colorful gypsy family provides dance and music, mystery and celebration. As part of the reincarnation theme, the main characters appear in flashbacks set during the time of Christ and the persecution of early Christians. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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2000 ans de galere pour une seconde d'eternite.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

18 March 1992 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Beautiful Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Greece See more »

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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Referenced in Hasta mañana (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Marie, Maria, mariage (Instrumental)
Music composed by Francis Lai
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A great 2000-year trip through love and loss
10 June 1999 | by SolanSee all my reviews

It sounds like a soppy idea: That we meet the people we love time and again through the ages. But it works - for over three hours. 'La belle histoire' switches between Judea 2000 years back (yep, the time and place of Christ) and the present day. We meet the same group of people then and now, with grand passion, bullfighting and Gipsy Kings thrown into the mix.

Being a French movie, there's a lot of pretty people here. And religious/Christian metaphors. This could have become a messy stew - instead, it's a very entertaining epic for the romanticists among us. Too bad it's so hard to get hold of.


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