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Maurice Pialat and the New French Realism

La Vie de Jésus

The Life of Jesus

Don’t miss this stark, exhilarating and bracing portrait of marginalised youth.

Image from La Vie de Jésus

France 1997
Dir Bruno Dumont
With David Douche, Marjorie Cottreel, Kader Chaatouf
96min
Digital (4K restoration)
English subtitles

Bruno Dumont’s bracingly unsentimental debut is a stark, exhilarating portrait of marginalised youth to rank alongside Pialat’s L’Enfance nue. Shot with a non-professional cast in drab rural towns in Flanders, it follows epileptic teen Freddy (Douche) and his girlfriend Marie (Cottreel), who race motorbikes with their friends, fight and have sex. Then one day immigrant Kader (Chaatouf) flirts with Marie – with fateful consequences.


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