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The Life of Jesus

The Life of Jesus

A Feature film by Bruno Dumont

Produced by 3B Productions

Release in France : 04/06/1997

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Production and distribution (4)

Executive Producer :

3B Productions

Film exports/foreign sales :

Celluloid Dreams

Co-productions :

Norfilms, Pictanovo

French distribution :

Tadrart Films

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Freddy, Fred, lives with his mother Yvette in Bailleul. She runs a bar called "Au petit Casino". While undergoing treatment at a specialist hospital in Bailleul for the epileptic fits that leave him feeling confused, Freddy hangs out with his pals. They're not yet twenty, rural, poorly educated and already permanent fixtures of the local dole office, whiling away the days on their customized scooters. Fred has a girlfriend - his true love - the beautiful Marie, who is a supermarket check-out clerk. They often make love at Fred's place; his mother takes no notice. Marie's parents live a little further up the street but Freddy doesn't go inside their place. They linger outside, for hours on end, kissing on the pavement. They often linger, clinging to each other... This account of Freddy's life slowly veers toward tragedy...


While writing the story of La Vie de Jésus, I realized that I was tackling ambiguous characters and an unusual plot. I was particularly aware of this because it was what I wanted. It's the substance of the film. I was examining the folds of human nature, the pleats... It was a matter of love and hatred. Of their power. I knew that I was aiming to film the interior. The inside. In the guts. And that I would have to paint the earth. The earth and the trees. The colours of the plain. People's lives. Their faces. Their body parts. That because of this humility - because of its perseverance and that of time - there would be an overspill. (Bruno Dumont)

Full credits (15)

Executive Producers :

Jean Bréhat, Rachid Bouchareb

Screenwriter :

Bruno Dumont

Sound Recordist :

Éric Rophé

Production manager :

Muriel Merlin

Editors :

Yves Deschamps, Guy Lecorne

Production Designer :

Frédérique Suchet

Costume designers :

Nathalie Raoul, Isabelle Sanchez

Still Photographer :

Roger Arpajou

Assistant Director :

Claude Debonnet

Director of Photography :

Philippe Van Leeuw

Sound assistants :

Frédéric Bobillier, Matthieu Imbert, Olivier de Nesle

Press Attaché (film) :

Annie Maurette

Continuity supervisors :

Virginie Barbay, Isabelle Le Grix

Music Composer :

Richard Cuvillier

Sound Mixer :

Thierry Sabatier

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Feature film

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Psychological drama

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Adolescence, Criminality

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100% French

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Runtime :

1 h 36 min

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Posters (1)


Festival Selections (8)

Kiev Molodist International Film Festival - 2010

Kiev Molodist International Film Festival (Ukraine, 2010)


20+20 Significant Film of Molodist

Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival - 2010

Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival (Brazil, 2010)


Bruno Dumont Retrospective

European Film Awards - 1997

European Film Awards (Germany, 1997)


Best European Film

Montreal World Film Festival - 1997

Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1997)


Cinema of Tomorrow

Tokyo- French Film Festival - 1997

Tokyo- French Film Festival (Japan, 1997)


Feature Films

Directors' Fortnight - 1997

Directors' Fortnight (France, 1997)


Cinema in France