One of the most controversial figures in current French cinema, Bruno Dumont made a dazzling debut with his 1997 film The Life of Jesus (which won the Sutherland Trophy at that year’s Festival) and divided audiences with his metaphysically charged Humanity. Following his American road nightmare Twentynine Palms, Flanders goes back to his roots: it’s at once a return to the introspective register of Jesus… and, like it, a contemplation of his home territory. The characters are a group of young men and women from the Northern French countryside, including farmer Demester (Boidin) and his none-too-exclusive girlfriend Barbe (Leroux). Read More »
Bruno Dumont – Flandres AKA Flanders (2006)
Bruno Dumont – France (2021)
Lawrence Garcia, Cinemascope wrote:
In the seven years since P’tit Quinquin, it has become impossible to continue tagging Bruno Dumont with the longstanding clichés of Bresson criticism. Epithets like “ascetic,” “severe,” “punishing”—already limited descriptors of his first two works, La vie de Jésus (1997) and L’humanité (1999)—have only become more obviously incapable of describing Dumont’s recent films, from the carnivalesque contortions of Ma Loute (2016) to the musical extremes of his Jeanne d’Arc movies. Still, as Dumont’s methods (particularly his increasingly frequent use of professionals alongside non-actors) have ostensibly moved away from those of Bresson, the deeper affinities between the two filmmakers have only become clearer. Read More »
Bruno Dumont – Hadewijch (2009)
A young woman of privilege compensates a familial spiritual emptiness with her love of Christ. When she consumes herself too zealously, she is kicked out of the convent, being told that she’ll find her freedom in the world… Her thirst of absolute, her inclination for sacrifice and for a meaning to her life guides her to the “right person” who turns her aspirations into action…Read More »
Bruno Dumont – Jeanne (2019) (HD)
In the 15th century, both France and England stake a blood claim for the French throne. Believing that God had chosen her, the young Joan (Lise Leplat Prudhomme) leads the army of the King of France. When she is captured, the Church sends her for trial on charges of heresy. Refusing to accept the accusations, the graceful Joan of Arc will stay true to her mission.
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Joana Preiss – Sibérie (2011)
A couple equipped with digital cameras travels by the Trans-Siberian Train. She (Joana Preiss) is a known actress and a model. He (Bruno Dumont) is a world-famous and valued director who decides for the first time to stand on the other side of a camera. Instead of the picture of the merry couple, the bitter portrait of the relationship that is falling apart emerges from “Siberie”. Bruno and Joana record theirs confessions, doubts, moments of happiness and moments of weakness. They talk about love, desire and art. Austere and endless space of Russia that is seen behind the windows of the train puts their feeling to the test.Read More »
Bruno Dumont – Jeannette, l’enfance de Jeanne d’Arc (2017)
Synopsis “Jeanette” is a musical drama based on Charles Peguy’s play “Le Mystère de la charité de Jeanne d’Arc” (1910). It focuses on the part of Peguy’s play that deals with Joan of Arc as a child, from age 8-12, when she started to embrace her sacred mission.
Bruno Dumont – Hors Satan (2011)
With every film he makes, Dumont seems to delve deeper into a humanity that, in its connection to nature in all its mystery and force, is a deeply conflicted one. In “Hors Satan”, the division of what is good and evil and how it relates to the man we encounter at the start of the film, is somewhat less clear-cut.
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Bruno Dumont – Camille Claudel 1915 (2013)
The sculptor Camille Claudel – sister to the poet and diplomat Paul Claudel, and former lover of the sculptor Auguste Rodin – is sent away by her brother and mother to to be committed in the Montdevergues insane asylum, where she is stripped of her freedom to create and condemned to live among the mentally ill for the rest of her days. The film takes place over a few days as she waits on her newly devout brother Paul to visit her. Starring Juliette Binoche, Jean-Luc Vincent, Emmanuel Kauffman.
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