Showing: 30 October 2020 until 30 October 2021
Ten-year-old Lise Leplat Prudhomme commands the centre of Bruno Dumont’s inventive reimagining of the story of Joan of Arc, a sequel to Dumont’s musical Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc that’s singular and entrancing enough to stand on its own. Available to rent on QFT Player.
In 1429, the Hundred Years' War between France and England had already been going 90 odd years. Believing that God had chosen her, the young Joan is a leader of the army of the King of France and lifts the Siege of Orléans, enabling the Dauphin to be formally crowned as Charles VII. However, Joan is captured and sent for trial on charges of heresy. She refuses to accept the accusations and remains obdurate, determined to remain defiant to the last.
Although this chapter is cinematically well-trod, Dumont turns it into an uncanny, absurdist mood piece, strikingly shot amid rolling hills and vaulted cathedrals. As legendary singer-songwriter Christophe’s synthesisers slice through the droll stillness, Joan comes into her own, gaining a gravitas that makes her a force to be reckoned with. As always, Dumont proves his mastery with this enthralling, witty, and deeply rewarding work.