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The Life of Jesus Details

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This French coming-of-age movie marked the debut of writer-director Bruno Dumont. The film bears a symbolic resemblance to the life of Jesus Christ, but it has no direct relationship with his life. The story is set in the small, economically stagnant town of Bailleul in northern France. Freddy (David Douche) is a 19-year-old epileptic whose mother runs a small restaurant. Freddy and his friends get unemployment benefits and ride motorbikes to kill time. They are bored and seething with unfocused resentments, which they often take out on local Arab immigrants. One immigrant, Kader (Kader Chaatouf), enrages Freddy and his friends by proposing marriage to Freddy's girlfriend Marie (Marjorie Cottreel), so Freddy and his friends set out to punish him. Dumont went on to direct the acclaimed drama Marjorie Cottreel, also set in Bailleul. ~ Michael Betzold, Rovi

  • Release date:October 8, 1997

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
European Film Academy Bruno Dumont Fassbinder Award 1997 Winner
Cannes Film Festival Bruno Dumont Special Camera d'Or Prize 1997 Winner

Crew

Bruno Dumont
Director
Jean Brehat
Producer
Rachid Bouchareb
Producer
Bruno Dumont
Screenwriter
Philippe Van Leeuw
Cinematographer
Richard Cuvillier
Composer (Music Score)
Yves Deschamps
Editor
Guy Lecorne
Editor
Frederique Suchet
Art Director
Isabelle Sanchez
Costume Designer
Nathalie Raoul
Costume Designer
Thierry Sabatier
Sound/Sound Designer
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