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Jeannette, the Childhood of Joan of Arc
Dir.: Bruno Dumont | 105 minutes

Jeannette, the Childhood of Joan of Arc

France 2017 | 105 minutes | French | Hebrew, English subtitles

The story of Joan of Arc, the French military leader who freed her people against the English in the 15th century, has been adapted for the screen many times – but never like this. Inspired by Charles Péguy’s play, creative giant Bruno Dumont (Slack Bay) presents Jeanne’s childhood as a musical comedy. Singing nuns, dancing angels, and adorable sheep frolic amid the magical landscapes of the French northern seaboard. Eight-year-old Jeanne is a politically conscious shepherdess deeply touched by her nation’s suffering in the Hundred Years War. Guided by a nun, her faith… and a few musical numbers, young Jeanne becomes Jeanne d’Arc. Dumont continues to probe religious themes, never hesitating to slaughter sacred cows.  

Original title:
Jeannette, l'enfance de Jeanne d'Arc