Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc / Jeannette, l’enfance de Jeanne d’Arc (N/C 15+)
The story of France’s patron saint, who was martyred during the Hundred Years’ War, is told through the joyful noise of a heavy-metal musical. Director Bruno Dumont, always challenges audience expectations. In the midst of the Hundred Years’ War, the young Jeannette is first presented as a tween (played by Lise Leplat Prudhomme), then as an adolescent verging on womanhood (played by Jeanne Voisin). Joan sings to hard-rock strains played by an unseen band (French musician Gautier Serre). Dumont starts with musical artifice then immediately makes us see the vernal countryside of 1425 France, where the young shepherdess contemplates the war and her place in God’s scheme.
Adapted from two versions of a play by French writer Charles Peguy, the film was first shown in the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight two years ago.
Cast Lise Leplat Prudhomme, Jeanne Voisin, Lucile Gauthier
Dir Bruno Dumont | 2017 | France | 105 mins | UK Distrib New Wave
“Challenging arthouse drama that has a slippery sense of humour and a whole lot of chutzpah.” – Roger Ebert
Glasgow Film Theatre Sun 3 Nov 13:45
Dundee DCA Sun 1 Dec 15:00