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Jesus of Montreal (1989)

Jésus de Montréal (original title)
A group of actors put on an unorthodox, but acclaimed Passion Play which incites the opposition of the Catholic Church while the actors' lives themselves begin to mirror the Passion itself.

Director:

Denys Arcand

Writer:

Denys Arcand
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 18 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lothaire Bluteau ... Daniel
Catherine Wilkening ... Mireille
Johanne-Marie Tremblay ... Constance
Rémy Girard ... Martin
Robert Lepage ... René
Gilles Pelletier ... Fr. Leclerc
Yves Jacques ... Richard Cardinal
Cédric Noël ... Pascal Berger
Pauline Martin ... Radio Host
Véronique Le Flaguais ... TV Host
Jean-Louis Millette ... TV Host
Monique Miller ... Agent
Christine-Ann Atallah
Valérie Gagné Valérie Gagné
Claude Léveillée
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Storyline

A group of actors putting on an interpretive Passion Play in Montreal begin to experience a meshing of their characters and their private lives as the production takes form against the growing opposition of the Catholic church. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Parents Guide:

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Trivia

More instances that mirror the life of Christ as recorded in the Gospels: - Daniel recruits actors to work with him similar to the way Jesus recruited his disciples. The first, Constance, is found working charitably in a soup kitchen, and Daniel says simply, "I came for you." - The judge (like Pilate) sends Daniel to a second-opinion person (the psychologist is like Herod) who finds nothing wrong with him and sends him back to the judge/Pilate. - Daniel's organs enabled a blind person to see and saved a man's life with his transplanted heart, similar to Jesus's miracles. See more »

Goofs

Around 1:46:21. Boom mic enters the shot twice above Constance when she's talking to the ambulance paramedic at the hospital. See more »

Quotes

Court Psychologist: Having to act in a passion play on the mountain... don't you ever feel this is ridiculous?
Daniel: No. The subject is great, though not very original.
Court Psychologist: Sure. But this part for an actor is somewhat flimsy, wouldn't you say?
Daniel: I don't know. The part of Jesus is not what I would call flimsy work.
Court Psychologist: You did come up with the private conservatory. Wouldn't you like to have a bright career and play the major theatres?
Daniel: I was away awhile. Seems normal to start at the bottom of the ladder.
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Connections

Featured in He Got Game (1998) See more »

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Pritouritze Planinata
Performed by Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares
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Can't recommend it highly enough.
31 October 1999 | by James B.See all my reviews

"Jesus of Montreal" is one of my two favorite films...it's tough for me to decide on one or the other (the other is "With Honors"), but it's one or two. This film has meant so much to me over the years, with its simple, powerful messages of artistic freedom, personal redemption, perseverance during a personal quest...and how heartbreaking the world, and reality, can be.

The male lead has a beautiful Zen-like quality about him during this film...meaning the character as well as the actor. I'd love to see more of his work.

I can only watch this movie once in a while, as it moves me to tears too easily. It's very funny in places, too.


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Country:

Canada | France

Language:

French | English | Italian

Release Date:

25 May 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,388, 27 May 1990

Gross USA:

$1,601,612

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,601,612
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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