+ Green's use of myth is hardly gratuitous. Jesus' story is as familiar to us as Cinderella's or Ulysses', hence director's meddling with a plot that stopped being a sacred and untouchable biography, becoming a modular, adaptable, shifting ensemble. Now the quirk distinguishing YHWH from diff. Supreme Beings was his being a divine Person revealed in History, a full-blown religious revolution! Unlike other God Persons
I would give this film between 3.5 and 4 stars i feel like the pacing at points is too pedestrian and the film gets bogged down sometimes. The style of acting is unique and the biblical allusions are not overplayed. I commend the film for its ambition, that it tries to ally big biblical themes with a story that is rather minimal and contained. A good film, well acted, it looks beautiful and I will watch it again.
None more droll. Loved this so much. From the deliberate stately Baroque staging and the beautifully delivered lines to the wonderfully beatific Natacha Regnier this is an absolute delight. And careful reading of the credits delivers some final amusement.
A biblical totum revolutum travelling across Testaments transmuting Jesus into a New Age stubborn Vincent scouting for his carpenter dad. The allegory is as forced as it is pointless. Trying mixing incredulous mysticism with a rather pedestrian mummy-whos-my-daddy? plot along with the special treatment of impassive manneristic performances is not a concoction most stomachs will endure gladly. So brace yourself.
whether realistic or mannered, a film about the human relationships of family, or familial love, or erotic love, should somehow convey that those situations exist. here we have terrible artfulness, or artifice, without the revealing power by failing to connect via plot, character or acting to anything in the real world. I would say this work is unusual, or singular, but not "original". and it's barely cinema.
Some have criticized this as too Bresssonian, too Biblical. I do not consider these to be faults, but strengths. After I gave my mom a copy of Au Hasard, Balthazar, she reported to me "Too Christian!" I said, "Give the disc back to me then" and she replied "Oh, no! It's a great film." This is a noble film, conscious of and confident in its inspiration.
There are too many Jesus in this world. Young Jesus, old Jesus, insecure Jesus, Jesus Christ Superster, black Jesus, partizan Jesus, Japanese Jesus directed by Kurosawa, space Jesus. zombie Jesus, Jesus with tights & superpower, Zack Snyder etc. We don't need more Jesus, NO MORE JESUS.