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Johanna (2005)

Johanna, a young drug addict, falls into a deep coma after an accident. Doctors miraculously manage to save her from death's doorstep. Touched by grace, Johanna cures patients by offering ... See full summary »

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Kornél Mundruczó
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Orsolya Tóth ... Johanna (as Orsi Tóth)
Eszter Wierdl Eszter Wierdl ... Johanna's Voice
Zsolt Trill ... Young Doctor
Tamás Kóbor Tamás Kóbor ... Young Doctor's Voice
Dénes Gulyás Dénes Gulyás ... Professor
József Hormai József Hormai ... 1st Doctor
Sándor Kecskés Sándor Kecskés ... 2nd Doctor
Viktória Mester Viktória Mester ... 1st Nurse
Hermina Fátyol ... 2nd Nurse
Andrea Meláth Andrea Meláth ... 3rd Nurse
Kálmán Somody Kálmán Somody ... Cleaning Man
János Klézli János Klézli ... Fireman
Géza Gábor Géza Gábor ... Patient
Kolos Kováts Kolos Kováts ... Patient
Sándor Egri Sándor Egri ... Patient
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Johanna, a young drug addict, falls into a deep coma after an accident. Doctors miraculously manage to save her from death's doorstep. Touched by grace, Johanna cures patients by offering her body. The head doctor is frustrated by her continued rejection of him and allies himself with the outraged hospital authorities. They wage war against her but the grateful patients join forces to protect her. This is a filmic and musical interpretation of the Passion of Joan of Arc. Written by Anonymous

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JOHANNA (Kornel Mundruczo', 2005) **
20 March 2008 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

A pretentious eccentricity: a virtually unrecognizable modernization of the Joan Of Arc tale (with the heroine now a drug addict-turned-nurse-turned-whorish miracle maker!) which, of all things, is also an opera sung in Hungarian! I only included it in the “Epic” challenge for this reason and had, in fact, intended to watch Carl Theodor Dreyer’s 1928 masterpiece THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC as part of a marathon to commemorate the 40th anniversary of his death…but had to abandon the whole idea and, in the process, considerably streamline the schedule for the rest of the month following an unexpected death in the family which turned into a national tragedy!

Incidentally, Roberto Rossellini had already made a film out of Arthur Honnegger’s opera JOAN OF ARC AT THE STAKE (1954; which has, thankfully, just been released as a SE DVD in Italy) featuring the director’s then-wife Ingrid Bergman; I haven’t watched this yet but did recently acquire the latter’s earlier 1948 film about the famous inspirational but misunderstood warrior-saint. The film under review, then, is original to be sure and mercifully short – but also rather pointless...to say nothing of dismal-looking, dreary and thoroughly depressing! Having said that, some of the music – particularly the children’s choruses – is quite pleasing, though...


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Hungarian

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10 November 2005 (Hungary) See more »

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