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Jo-Jo at the Gate of Lions (1992)

Jo-Jo is a young woman who hears voices. She meets and falls in love with Jon, an astronomer with whom she feels a strange affinity. For Jon, life is complete once he has found Jo-Jo; his ... See full summary »

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Britta Sjogren

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Britta Sjogren
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2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Lorie Marino Lorie Marino ... Jo-Jo
Chris Shearer Chris Shearer ... Jon
David 'Dutch' Schultz David 'Dutch' Schultz ... Luke (as David Schultz)
Rosanna Rosanna ... Rosanna
Beatrice Hayes Beatrice Hayes ... Old Woman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kate Griba Kate Griba ... Katie
Teckla Tibbs Teckla Tibbs ... Voice (voice)
Caveh Zahedi ... Phone Rapist
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Jo-Jo is a young woman who hears voices. She meets and falls in love with Jon, an astronomer with whom she feels a strange affinity. For Jon, life is complete once he has found Jo-Jo; his destiny is achieved. However, Jo-Jo's voices tell her that she must sacrifice her desire for a simple happiness with Jon if she is to fulfill the strange and elusive destiny in store for her. She believes that by resisting what she wants, or by embracing pain, she may be able in some mysterious and mystical way to prevent nuclear war. The voices compel her to accept as part of her fate a relationship with Luke, a shadowy phone-sex entrepreneur who persuades her to come work for him. He too imagines that Jo-Jo belongs with him, and she is drawn to his very violence. Caught between these two men, her destiny and her desires, Jo-Jo withdraws from the demands and joys of the real world. She focuses her mind inward, in a kind of apotheosis, to understand the message her voices bring her, a message of ... Written by Anonymous

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USA

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Underrated masterpiece
25 November 2003 | by rpete15See all my reviews

I just saw Jo-Jo and came here to find out more -- I read the above comment,

and have to say I am not sure what film the above person was watching.

First, it's definitely not a mainstream work, seems Godard inspired in some

ways. Second, it is difficult to watch at times -- but for all the right reasons. It is emotionally wrenching, ambiguous and intense. I thought the film was amazing, truly engaging. It's a portrait of a woman -- a modern-day martyr, and pulls no punches, while also implicitly questioning the state of filmmaking itself. Finally, don't take my word for it. When trying to find out more I saw that the film has won numerous awards and was nominated as one of the best films of the 90's in an

ArtForum survey. Sure, this film will not be everyone's cup of tea, but anyone interested in the history of filmmaking, or the boundaries of narrative will find a gem here.


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