France, 1425. In the midst of the Hundred Years' War, the young Jeannette, at the still tender age of 8, looks after her sheep in the small village of Domremy. One day, she tells her friend...
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France, 1425. In the midst of the Hundred Years' War, the young Jeannette, at the still tender age of 8, looks after her sheep in the small village of Domremy. One day, she tells her friend Hauviette how she cannot bear to see the suffering caused by the English. Madame Gervaise, a nun, tries to reason with the young girl, but Jeannette is ready to take up arms for the salvation of souls and the liberation of the Kingdom of France. Carried by her faith, she will become Joan of Arc.Written by
A reasonable interpretation of the early life of Jeanne (Jehanne( d'Arc
Very much enjoyed "Jeanette" / The Childhood of Joan of Arc.
Both actresses playing very young Joan were very good. Right away, though, I need to state that I hope I can be forgiven for thinking that the first very charming actress portraying a younger version
of the person, could not be surpassed, or replaced, by "an older version".
For the first few minutes after, I mourned for "the loss" of the younger actress, while realizing that people -- including Joan of Arc -- do grow (agrandir, in French) whether or not one wants them to do so,
also on celluloid. The actress who ably replaces the younger girl is, like life itself, something that sort of happens. Too, she is very, very good in the follow-up role.
This interpretation of Joan, a saint in the Roman Catholic Church, is quite intelligent, mature, thoughtful, and wise. Joan is suitably depicted as emotionally and spiritually mature for her age, quite athletic,
and consistently attuned from a very early age to politics. Viewers will have their own opinions about the nuns, the sisters Gervaise. My own thinking is that the singing was in a French manner, projecting
some things that are occasionally off-putting / antithetical / heretical? in terms of Christianity. Still, one should be aware that Joan lived c. 1412 to May 30, 1431, and the theology expressed may have been
either the "zeitgeist" of the times, or that of the director nowadays. Either way, this is a movie worth seeing for aficionados of Jehanne d'Arc. One final note: When doing a film about Joan of Arc, I truly
believe that one had better be French, or be very much immersed in the subject matter That being stated, I still feel sad for Jean Seberg, who play Joan in "Saint Joan". Finally, I very much applaud Bruno
Dumont, the director.
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