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The Brand New Testament (2015)

Le tout nouveau testament (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Fantasy | 1 September 2015 (Belgium)
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Did you know that God is alive and lives in Brussels with his daughter?

Director:

Jaco Van Dormael

Writers:

Thomas Gunzig (scenario), Jaco Van Dormael (scenario)
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 14 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pili Groyne Pili Groyne ... Ea
Benoît Poelvoorde ... Dieu
Catherine Deneuve ... Martine
François Damiens ... François
Yolande Moreau ... La femme de Dieu
Laura Verlinden ... Aurélie
Serge Larivière ... Marc
Didier De Neck Didier De Neck ... Jean-Claude
Marco Lorenzini Marco Lorenzini ... Victor
Romain Gelin Romain Gelin ... Willy
Anna Tenta ... Xenia, l'Allemande
Johan Heldenbergh ... Le prêtre
David Murgia ... Jésus Christ
Gaspard Pauwels Gaspard Pauwels ... Kevin
Bilal Aya Bilal Aya ... Philippe
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Storyline

God lives in human form as a cynical writer with his young opinionated daughter in present-day Brussels, Belgium. She concludes that her dad is doing a terrible job and decides to rewrite the world, descending to earth in search of her own 6 messengers to write a brand new testament and change the status quo.

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God exists, he lives in Belgium. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Belgium | France | Luxembourg

Language:

French | German

Release Date:

1 September 2015 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

El nuevo nuevo testamento See more »

Filming Locations:

Brussels, Belgium See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€8,555,500 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,812, 16 December 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$89,182, 6 January 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$100,933, 15 January 2017
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (HD)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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Quotes

Dieu: Law 1522:If one day you fall in love with a woman there's a great chance you will not spend your life with her.
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O Solitude! My Sweetest Choice
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Written by Henry Purcell and lyrics by Katherine Philips
Andreas Scholl, counter-tenor
Performed by Accademia Bizantina, conducted by Stefano Montanari
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A wasted potential
3 September 2015 | by DenoumentSee all my reviews

I've just seen the film at the "avant-première" here in Paris. I really wanted to like it as I have great respect for everybody involved and I really loved the premise. First off, the actors are great, hats off to the younger cast. They held their ground until the last scene, but that loss of believability has much more to do with the script and directing as the ending felt artificial and rushed. Now, the beginning is good but what follows, not so much. The main character is underdeveloped, thus her journey at some point becomes repetitive and even though it is visually interesting, story-wise it is boring-ish. Speaking of visuals, the fact that it reminded me of Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Amelié actually bothered me because it made everything sound out of tune - it was both too similar to be original and too different to be a good copy. There are some great ideas and good laughs, but all in all it could have been much much better. What's worse, it deserved to be.


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