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Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc

Bruno Dumont
Jeannette l'enfance de Jeanne d'Arc
France 2017 / 107’
In the Aisles Loveless

Bruno Dumont never fails to surprise. This time, the darling of New Horizons audiences takes on the story of Joan of Arc. Instead of focusing on the most important events in the life of France's national heroine, however, the director focuses on her childhood. As if that were not enough, inJeanette..., Dumont continues his experiments with film genres and tells Joan's story in the form of a musical. The eclectic soundtrack includes techno, rock, and rap; the absurd dance numbers accompanying the songs result in a kind of humor reminiscent of Dead Waters. Dumont would not be himself, however, if he were limited to casual mockery. Combining a fervent faith with indomitable anger, Joan, like many of the French director's protagonists, finds herself balanced between sin and sainthood. Despite its historical setting, the film offers a pointed commentary on an era when religious fanaticism is increasingly becoming a source of violence.

Piotr Czerkawski

Bruno Dumont

Bruno Dumont was born in 1958 in France and prepared for his work as an artist by lecturing in philosophy and making commercials. Cinema was supposed to be his escape from the binding logic of thinking, through language that would enable him to express the contradictions that rule the world. His first encounter with the medium was quite successful: his debut The Life of Jesus received Jean Vigo and Golden Camera awards. Dumont’s later works included HumanityHadewijch and Outside Satan. In later films, the director tries to create "lay religious cinema", in other words one that confronts dogma with intangible reality. At the same time, he is also considered to be the inheritor of Robert Bresson and a co-creator of the trend known as ‘new French extremism’.

Selected filmography

1997 Życie Jezusa / La Vie de Jésus / The Life of Jesus

1999 Ludzkość / L’Humanité / Humanity

2003 Twentynine Palms

2011 Poza szatanem / Hors Satan / Outside Satan

2013 Camille Claudel, 1915

Cast & Crew

director Bruno Dumont
screenplay Bruno Dumont (based on the play "Les Mysteres de la charite de Jeanne d'Arc by Charles Peguy)
cinematography Guillaume Deffontaines
editing Basile Belkhiri, Bruno Dumont
music Gautier Serre
cast Lise Leplat Prudhomme, Jeanne Voisin, Lucile Gauthier
producer Rachid Bouchareb, Jean Bréhat, Muriel Merlin
production Taos Films, Arte France
Polish distributor Stowarzyszenie Nowe Horyzonty
language French
colouration colour