A religious experience, and not just in a good way. Personally I was always bored in church—and there's no more point in complaining that there are too many close-ups of Falconetti than that a church service has too many hymns. You either believe or don't, and I believe in the power of close ups, of angelic faces contrasted with bestial ones, and of the kineticism of a final montage. A, yes, passionate masterpiece.
Monsterpiece. Man these Christians love their suffering. It's always nice to see a bunch of old men trying to decide the fate of a teenage girl with mental issues. Suffering has never been more beautiful. Most of the film is shot in close-up so you can really pay attention to the suffering. They even take her to a torture chamber.
Magnificent. Not a frame, not a facial expression, isn't singularly compelling, and the whole only benefits from it. (And, my god, Artaud!) Watched with Einhorn's quite perfect Voices of Light accompaniment, but look forward to next time in silence. 4.5
Time to enrage this whole website. This is a film that's engrossing while you are watching it but that has small moments that just feel out place and inconsistent. Am I the only one who face palms at the guy with the devilish horns for hair or when the judge stand on the cross shaped shadow. It's so cartoony. The music is also too operatic for a film that's trying to have a documentary aspect. Watch it Silent.
Her fear is palpable, as is her commitment. More transcendental this time around than ever before, as I watched it in complete silence. Every gesture cuts through as clear as a diamond. Its power is undeniable. A film of shifting energies, experienced through pre-subjective consciousness--i.e. intuition. This is pure cinema, if there was ever an example.
99/100 - Masterful
The way the people asked , might truly reflecting today people's minds. I already familiar with 'Joan of arc' since Besson's ( the one with Jovovich)though i'm not a Christian but i never can stop adoring this tale. I prefer this one rather Bresson's.
+ ms Renee's immortal stare .
"Nothing in the world can be compared to the human face. There is no greater experience in a studio than to witness the expression of a sensitive face under the mysterious power of inspiration. To see it animated from inside, and turning into poetry.” -- Carl Th. Dreyer