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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

    Synopsis

    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...

    Actors (4)

    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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    International releases (17)

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    Subject

    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

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Psychological drama

    Themes :

    Adolescence, Criminality

    Production language :

    French

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    100% French

    Production year :

    1996

    French release :

    04/06/1997

    Runtime :

    1 h 36 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    87.727

    Visa issue date :

    03/01/1997

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    CinemaScope

    Posters (1)

    Director

    Festival Selections (8)

    Kiev Molodist International Film Festival - 2010

    Kiev Molodist International Film Festival (Ukraine, 2010)

    Selection

    20+20 Significant Film of Molodist

    Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival - 2010

    Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival (Brazil, 2010)

    Selection

    Bruno Dumont Retrospective

    European Film Awards - 1997

    European Film Awards (Germany, 1997)

    Selection

    Best European Film

    Montreal World Film Festival - 1997

    Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1997)

    Selection

    Cinema of Tomorrow

    Tokyo- French Film Festival - 1997

    Tokyo- French Film Festival (Japan, 1997)

    Selection

    Feature Films

    Directors' Fortnight - 1997

    Directors' Fortnight (France, 1997)

    Selection

    Cinema in France

    Awards